Date

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Comparative and International Education

First Adviser

Wiseman, Alexander W.

Abstract

This study explores the effect that university and career preparation materials and resources in Cambodian upper secondary schools have on students' post-secondary plans, aspirations, and expectations. Globalization, and in the case of Cambodia the integration with transnational organizations like the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), has rapidly increased the speed at which people need to remain technologically connected, and has effectively opened physical and metaphorical boundaries between nations and cultures. The Cambodian government therefore aims to develop the human resources of its population to achieve economic advancement and successful integration into the global community. Operating within this human capital framework, this research examines the link between resource usage, other socioeconomic variables, university plans, and future career goals. Data from a survey of 210 Cambodian upper secondary students from three different schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia was used to measure and analyze demographic information, family wealth/resources, computer and English proficiency, access to and usage of career and university preparation resources, and students' attitudes and expectations for their future academic and career endeavors. Overall, usage of career and university preparation resources was less significantly related than students' socioeconomic status to students' post-secondary plans and expectations. This study concludes with a discussion of how we can better understand the school-to-work transition of Cambodian youth in the context of access to career and university preparation resources.

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