‘DELIVERING CAREERS GUIDANCE IN ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOLS: POLICY VERSUS PRACTICE’

Houghton, A.-M. and Armstrong, J. and Okeke, R.I. (2020) ‘DELIVERING CAREERS GUIDANCE IN ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOLS: POLICY VERSUS PRACTICE’. British Journal of Educational Studies. ISSN 0007-1005

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Abstract

Recent policy on careers guidance in England suggests a somewhat straightforward process. The assumption is that quality careers guidance will enable young people to make informed career-related decisions. However, the 'reality' of provision is far more complex, as highlighted by the findings from a small in-depth study of careers provision in one National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) consortium. The study used a theoretical framework informed by Bourdieu's concept of habitus and a mixture of methods. Analysis showed the centrality of contextual factors in shaping a school's careers provision, including its location, history, ethos and values; its self-evaluation development plans; the position and status of the careers policy, career advisor, and the students' profile/background. This paper provides a stimulus for discussion of these contextual factors, which will need addressing for national policy relating to careers to be effective and facilitate social mobility rather than increase social inequalities.

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Journal Article
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British Journal of Educational Studies
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12 Nov 2020 15:50
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