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Title:Career Perceptions and Visions of Boys and Girls in Secondary Schools in Zimbabwe: Some Implications for Teachers and Parents
Authors:Mapfumo, K.G.
Chireshe, Regis
Peresuh, Munhuweyi
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
occupational choice
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Gender-based analysis
Secondary schools
Vocational guidance
Abstract:This study investigates the career aspirations and visions of boys and girls in secondary schools in Zimbabwe. The participants consisted of 60 boys and 60 girls of between 12 and 16 years of age from eight urban and rural schools in Manicaland and Masvingo educational regions. An open-ended questionnaire was used to generate data, and the Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to analyse the data. The results indicate a strong relationship between male and female job perceptions, and there was an agreement among boys and girls that male jobs include engineering, building, management, security services, mining, driving, etc. The female jobs indicated include nursing, catering, designing, teaching, secretarial and domestic work. Furthermore, relatives and teachers are most influential in determining boys' and girls' career choices. Thus, there is a need to educate relatives on career choices. Teachers should also be encouraged to take a leading role in career education. App., bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]