Career Preferences as Determinants of Digital Technology Interaction and Importance Among Junior High School Students (71991)

Session Information: Primary & Secondary Education
Session Chair: Jaysveree Louw

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:25
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Digital technology has become integral to adolescents. Studies explored different impacts that immersion in it has on various aspects of an adolescent. Positive and negative outcomes have been discovered. Personality as a relevant factor also showed promise in understanding what makes digital technology use significant or not when adolescents are interacting with it. However, digital technology and its relationship with career interests have yet to be investigated. Career interest is one component that schools focus on to help students in making wise career choices. Researchers often delve into career choices and their relation to knowledge and skills with digital technology. There is sparse literature that considers students becoming engaged in digital technology because of their career preferences. For this study, career preferences as measured by the Adolescent Personality Questionnaire (APQ) were examined to see how they relate to digital interaction and its importance among junior high students. Along with the Adolescent Digital Interaction and Importance (ADTI) Scale, these tools were administered to 1,320 junior high school students from an exclusive boys’ school. Data were computed and analyzed using correlation and regression. Results indicated that out of the six (6) career preferences, three (3) were significantly associated with overall ADTI and five (5) with its subscales. Two (2) career preferences were also shown to be significant predictors of ADTI and its subscales. Findings can be essential when aiding students in their career planning process and guiding them to understand the utility of digital technology in the careers they are aiming for.

Maria Kristina Santos Alfonso, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Marites R. Veloso, Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School, Philippines
Claire G. Castro, Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Maria Kristina S. Alfonso is a Quality Assurance Analyst of the Strategy and Quality Management Office at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She is a a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Psychometrician.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00