Developing the potential of under-achieved students using career-planning module

Syed Mohamad Syed Abdullah, Amla Salleh

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    It is estimated that the population of students who lag behind in their studies is between 40- 60%, a figure which has sadly outdone the figure of students who excel in their education. The former has frequently been associated with the issues other than struggling in their studies, which are discipline problems and committing negative behaviour and influence at school. Naturally, this tends to bring about a sense of discomfort to the administration of the school. With this in mind, the significance of this study lies in the fact that an approach deemed suitable needs to be adopted to develop these students' potential and strengths. This paper, therefore, is going to discuss the findings which have the purpose of analyzing a particular approach in developing these 'weak' students' motivation in their academics, their study skills and their career plans. Samples of this study are selected from a few secondary schools located in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. This particular group of disadvantaged students is chosen based on their poor performance in the recent Lower Secondary Assessment, or more familiarly known as PMR. In this study, they were required to participate in a potential development programme for five days (5 hours daily) and were subjected to the methods of experiment, pre- and post-tests and controlled-group experiment. The first group which is the group undergoing the experiment method was 'treated' via talks and activities pertinent to learning motivation, study skills and careerplanning. For this method, ten facilitators, all of whom are trained counselors were selected. The analysis using the mean comparison for the experiment-group has displayed a significant improvement in comparison to the controlled-group. It is therefore, in the conclusion of this study that these students' motivation to study, to have better study skills and to have better planning on what they want to be in the future can be developed through the use of a career planning module.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)655-662
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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    Group
    student
    experiment
    motivation to study
    development potential
    learning motivation
    studies (academic)
    counselor
    school
    Malaysia
    secondary school
    career
    planning
    performance
    education

    Keywords

    • Career planning
    • Career-planning module
    • Learning motivation
    • Under-achieved students

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    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Developing the potential of under-achieved students using career-planning module. / Abdullah, Syed Mohamad Syed; Salleh, Amla.

    In: European Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 4, 10.2010, p. 655-662.

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    Abdullah, Syed Mohamad Syed ; Salleh, Amla. / Developing the potential of under-achieved students using career-planning module. In: European Journal of Social Sciences. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 655-662.
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