Abstract—This study used the “Career Development Patterns
Scale” to investigate and analyze the career development
patterns of 325 sophomores with special education needs in
general high schools in Taiwan. For the data of the scale, this
study used the SPSS18.0 version to perform descriptive
statistics, one-way ANOVA, percentage compliance and single
sample t-test. The main findings are as follows: 1) the score of
male students in realistic pattern and investigative pattern is
higher than that of female students; the score of female students
in artistic pattern and social pattern is higher than that of male
students; most of the female students are in humanity pattern,
and most of the male students are in the mathematics and
physics pattern; 2) the score of students with severe/extremely
severe disability in conventional pattern is higher than that of
students with other levels of disability; 3) the choice of academic
groups affects career development pattern; the score of students
choosing the second group in investigative pattern is higher
than that of those choosing the first group; the score of students
choosing the second and third groups in mathematics and
physics pattern is higher than that of those choosing the first
group; 4) the percentage compliance between students choosing
different groups and advantaged career development patterns
is 65.24%, suggesting that approximately 35% of the students
fail to choose adequate groups; the compliance rate of female
students is higher than that of male students; the compliance
rate of students with mild and medium disability is also higher;
5) there is a significant difference in five career development
patterns between general students and those with physical and
psychological disability; the score of female students with
special education needs in social pattern and humanity pattern
is higher than that of general students.
In addition to proposing future research directions, this study also suggested high schools should provide career development strategies different from those from general high school student to special education needs students (SEN students), take into account the gender of level of disability and incorporate advanced career development patterns to assist SEN students to acquire more adequate career development.
Index Terms—Career development pattern, general high school, special education needs students.
Chau Hsiao Lan is with National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan, ROC (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Chau Hsiao Lan, "A Study on the Career Development Patterns of Special Education Needs Students in the High School Stage," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 502-507, 2014.