6. Motivation and Vocational Decision of Secondary School Students with Dyslexia

Motivation and Vocational Decision of Secondary School Students with Dyslexia

 

Joanne Tan Shi Huey1

 

1.            Dyslexia Association of Singapore

 

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the vocational decisions of adolescent students with dyslexia. The study aimed to examine the possible relationship between motivation and vocational decision of secondary 3 and 4 students with dyslexia and to explore other possible influences which may contribute to the vocational decision-making of this particular group of students. A mixed model research design was employed using both a paper-pen questionnaire and phone-call interviews. Statistical analysis revealed that both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation types were not significantly related to decision making. However, the participants who had a clear indication of their vocational decisions were found to have high motivational levels, meeting all three needs of competence, relatedness and autonomy through the interview sessions. Of the seven identified influences that were thought to affect vocational decisions, social media was found to be the least important factor while the family was found to be the most important factor.

In addition to providing rich data from their personal perspectives, the interviews revealed an unexpected factor on the concerns regarding the working environment. The implications for future research highlight the very individual responses elicited from this group of dyslexic students in Singapore, prompting educators, practitioners and parents of this target group to understand the vast individual differences of these students instead of searching for a pattern.

Keywords:   jobs, vocations, decision-making, Singapore, teens, students, dyslexia, adolescence, motivation, Self-Determination Theory (SDT) 

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