The relationship between career decision-making self-efficacy and vocational outcome expectations of preservice special education teachers

  • Basak Baglama
  • Huseyin Uzunboylu
Keywords: career choice, career decision-making, preservice special education teachers, self-efficacy, vocational outcome expectations


Social cognitive career theory, which is one of the most studied career approaches, recently proposed that self-efficacy and outcome expectations are important determinants of the career choice process. Career self-efficacy and vocational outcome expectations might both result in avoiding or having greater motivation levels in terms of career behaviours. These two factors are both crucial in career decision-making and performing career behaviour. This study aims to examine the relationship between career decision self-efficacy and vocational outcome expectations of preservice special education teachers in North Cyprus. This study is based on quantitative research method, and 156 preservice special education teachers participated in this research. Career Decision Self-Efficacy Scale and Vocational Outcome Expectations Scale were used to collect the data. The results were analysed with statistical analysis methods involving descriptive statistical analysis, t-test, chi-square, Kruskal-Wallis, correlation and regression. Age was found to be significantly related with career decision-making self-efficacy. Results also showed that there is a significant relationship between career decision-making self-efficacy, and vocational outcome expectancy. The results are discussed with reference to relevant literature and recommendations for further research and practices are also provided.

Keywords: career choice; career decision-making; preservice special education teachers; self-efficacy; vocational outcome expectations


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eISSN: 2076-3433
print ISSN: 0256-0100