Original Research: Mathematics Education

A preliminary study about the value of a combined quantitative-qualitative approach to career counselling for a student in the natural sciences: A longitudinal study.

Jacobus G. Maree
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 31, No 1 | a383 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v31i1.383 | © 2012 Jacobus G. Maree | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 August 2012 | Published: 28 November 2012

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Jacobus G. Maree, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article describes the value of a combined quantitative-qualitative approach to career counselling for a student in the natural sciences. The participant, a 18-year old young man, was selected to participate in group assessment and career counselling based on his academic achievements, his expressed interest and desire to study in the natural sciences and on being from a disadvantaged community. The intervention comprised both an assessment and a feedback phase. Data was gathered using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Differential Aptitude Tests and the Rothwell-Miller Interest Blank, as well as qualitative techniques (including a collage,the Career Interest Profile, the life line, early anecdotes, as well as the life story techniques). After the intervention, the participant demonstrated an increased career adaptability and took a more active part in developing his career and life story. Five years later, his achievements exceeded all expectations. A combined quantitative-qualitative approach to career counselling for students in the natural sciences may have the potential to meet their career counselling needs. More research with large groups of students is needed.

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beroep; narratiewe voorligting; beroepsverhaal; persoonlike groei; natuurwetenskappe; gekombineerde kwantitatiewe-kwalitatiewe beroepsvoorligting; loopbaan

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