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2.1.9 Familial influences on the career decision-making processes of gifted EFL high school students in Vietnam

This presentation will outline a study that examined the factors that influence the career decision-making processes of gifted EFL high school students in Vietnam. Specifically, there will be: (i) a review of the factors that contributed to students’ career decision-making processes, (ii) an illustration of the influence of familial influences on the career decision-making processes, and (iii) a discussion of these familial influences from the perspective of Vietnamese history (i.e., changes to the Vietnamese family through different historical periods from the wars, the return to peace, Vietnam’s opening up to the world during Doi Moi (Renovation), to the present).


Hong Cao
University of New South Wales

Hong, Cao is a PhD candidate in the School of Education, University of New South Wales. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked at Vietnam National University, Hanoi as both a teacher and a teacher trainer in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Hong commenced her PhD in 2014 in the field of gifted education. Her PhD thesis looks at Career Choice Intentions of Gifted EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students in Vietnamese context. She is scheduled to submit her thesis at the end of 2017.

Jae Jung
University of New South Wales

Dr Jae Yup Jung is a Senior Lecturer, a GERRIC Senior Research Fellow and a former Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Education at UNSW. The focus of his research is on the decision-making of gifted adolescents on topics such as careers, university entrance and friendships, usually incorporating motivational and cultural perspectives. His research has been recognised with awards from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Mensa International. He is the editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education and a member of the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly and the Journal of Employment Counselling.

Susen Smith
University of New South Wales

Dr Susen Smith is Senior Lecturer in Gifted and Special Education and GERRIC Senior Research Fellow at the UNSW, Australia. Her research interests include: Differentiating curriculum and pedagogy for gifted students. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, CUNY, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, guest editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, is published and keynoted at Australian and international conferences. Susen has acquired several competitive research grants and received the UNE Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Interdisciplinary Research Innovation and the UNSW Excellence in Postgraduate Research Award from the UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council.


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