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Title: Awareness of the Space Industry as a career opportunity in South Africa
Authors: Zuma, Khanya Philani 
Mason, Roger Bruce 
Maharaj, Mandusha 
Keywords: Awareness;Careers;Employment;South Africa;Space Education;Space Industry
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: IGI Global
Source: Zuma, K.P. et al. 2019. Awareness of the Space Industry as a career opportunity in South Africa. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD). 11(1): 29-51.
Journal: International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development 
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Abstract: The South African space industry is not seen by young learners as a potential career. The objectives of this study were to identify: high school students’ awareness of the industry, their perceptions of employment opportunities, and their knowledge of the industry’s educational requirements. A quantitative, descriptive survey with structured questionnaires was administered to 171 respondents. Purposive and quota sampling selected grade 10-11 students in rural, urban and suburban schools. Most respondents had some awareness of the industry, but had limited knowledge about career opportunities, especially in rural schools. Respondents were unclear about how and where to apply for space-related education. The space industry inadequately markets itself to students, so more outreach programs, sponsoring of science and technological projects, more scholarships, and encouragement of the Department of Higher Education to provide information about, and improve career guidance officers’ knowledge of, the space industry are recommended.
ISSN: 1941-6253
DOI: 10.4018/IJSKD
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Management Sciences)

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