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S3 Pupils' Career Aspirations and Views on Language Learning

Doughty, H. and McPake, Joanna and , Scottish Executive Education Department (Funder) (2007) S3 Pupils' Career Aspirations and Views on Language Learning. [Report]

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Abstract

In May 2005, the Scottish Centre for Language Teaching and Research (SCILT) undertook a government-funded nationwide survey of approximately 1500 pupils in the S3 cohort of Scottish secondary schools. Pupils in 47 randomly selected Scottish secondary schools completed a questionnaire that explored their career aspirations and how these related to their views on language learning. The responses of S3 pupils are significant because the government's educational policy A Curriculum for Excellence is proposing to give pupils in this year group the opportunity to have a greater say in their subject choices. The findings provide useful indicators for government officials, head teachers, careers advisers and language teachers in Scottish secondary schools.