Educational Decision-making Process of Repeatedly Unsuccessful VET Graduates Leading to Finishing their Upper-secondary Education

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Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description In this contribution, we consider educational decision-making process as a part of the concept of the career decision-making when several educational alternatives are considered, and one of them is chosen (Gati & Tal, 2008; Kulcsárc et al., 2020). We understand students' decision-making process due to learning experiences (Krumboltz et al., 1976; Lent & Brown, 2013), and a process involving circumscription and compromise (Gottfredson, 1981). Previous research focuses mainly on students' future career decision-making. Based on the literature and theories, there has been suggested several aspects of the career decision-making process (those include f. e. self-exploration, environment exploration, commitment to studies, orientation to choice) (Gati & Asher, 2001; Germeijs & Verschueren, 2006; Harren, 1979; Van Esbroeck et al., 2005). But not much attention has educational research paid on the characteristics of students' decision-making as such (Galotti, 2006). Therefore, we were inspired by Scott and Bruce (1995) that suggested five decision-making styles introduced based on their research with military officers. Those aspects are rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant, spontaneous. We see a considerable potential for the educational field in this typology. Based on mentioned, a review of the students' decision-making literature reveals a need for empirical studies investigating the characteristics and styles of the educational decision-making process leading to upper secondary school graduation, which we consider a significant step to the students' future career and lifepaths.
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