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  FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STRAND PREFERENCE OF SELECT GRADE 10 STUDENTSActub, Gael T.; Caylan, Grisielou L.; Ranque, Phamy L.; Rosaroso, Marvin A.Chapter 1 INTRODUCTIONBackground of the StudyPhilippines, Djibouti and Angola and other countries in Asia are the remaining countries who remain with a 10-year pre-university program. The Philippine Educational System is one of the most abrupt formal educations in the world covering a span of 14 years. This system involves 6-year primary education, 4 years for secondary education and another 4 years for tertiary education. Fortunately, the government offers free and compulsory education for the first 6-year class of a pupil. For secondary education, mandated order for curriculum is extended. As for the tertiary education, it does not negotiates compulsory education, but offers scholarship programs.  For this reason, the country formulates an idea that adapts the educational system of the majority.In order to maneuver this evident problem on education, the Department of Education has started to implement the new K-12 Curriculum, which serves as the major redeem in the existing curriculum. This reform includes boosting of basic education for mastery and extending of basic education curriculum to incorporate 12 years. By prolonging the basic education, that is, adding kindergarten and two years in high school. The recent program ensures that graduates earn the necessary skills and reach the legal age for employment to qualify entrance into the world of work, if they desire or need to do so. On the other hand, graduates who opt to go to tertiary education are deemed better prepared for college study (Seameo Innotech, 2012). A major change brought about by K-12 curriculum is the addition of two years in secondary education, known as Senior High School (SHS). The old 4-year secondary curriculum will be now renamed as Junior High School (JHS) which starts from Grades 7 to Grade 10, and Senior High School will follow through from Grades 11 to 12. The newly implemented curriculum offers the highlights on opportunity specialization in Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports and Arts fields. The chosen tracks depend on the students’ preference, interest and capacities. Also, it will determine the subjects to be taken by the student during his/her Senior High School. The tracks mentioned are as follows: Academic Track a. Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) b. General Academic Strand (GAS)c. Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) d. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)2. Technical-vocational Track      a. Agriculture-Fisheries       b. Home Economics       c. Industrial Arts       d. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 3. Sports Track4. Arts and Design TrackStatement of the Problem This study aims to determine the different factors that affect the Senior High School strand preference of selected 10 students; specifically, it aims to answer the following questions:Leading factors that affects the students’ preference in choosing Senior High School strand in terms of:Personality Family/RelativesInterestsJob OpportunitiesHow do these factors do affect the student’s decision making in choosing Senior High School strand?Theoretical and Conceptual Framework Gottfredson’s theory, occupational aspirations are a reflection of one’s self-concept. People seek occupations that (a) arc congruent with their self-image and (b) reflect their knowledge of different occupations. This theory describes that students become attracted to certain specialization. According to this theory, self-concept is the key to specialization selection. Students tend to choose jobs that are compatible with their personality. The key determinants according to the theory are one’s social class, level of intelligence and experiences with sex typing. In the study of Siguan Jr., (1994) as cited in Sonsona (2012) self-concept was also found significant on the choice of specialization of students. Another is Holland’s theory of career choice suggested that people can function and develop best and find jobs satisfaction in work environments that are compatible with their personalities. People tend to choose a career that is reflective of their personality. Holland (1994), suggest that the closer the match of personality to job, the greater the satisfaction. Holland’s theory places emphasis on the accuracy of self-knowledge and career information necessary for career decision making (Zunker, 1994 p. 49) as cited in Abernathy (2003).The focus of this study was undertaken by the following conceptual framework.Input – This includes their track preference and the factors that affect their preference.Process – In the research process, this includes determining their track preferences and determining the leading factors that affect their preference.Output – This study would identify the track preferences of Grade 10 students of Valencia National High School and the factors that affect them which can be used as basis for a career guidance program of the said school and for certain institutions that would like to design and implement a Senior High School program.Significance of the StudyLearning is the aspect of development that connotes modification of behavior, skills and knowledge that results from practice and experience which sought for quality education. The generalization of this present study would be a great contribution to the vast knowledge in relation to student’s achievements. Vital results of this investigation could be highly significant and beneficial specifically to the following:Researchers – This study will inspire them to be creative to carry out programs that are beneficial to both teachers and students, especially in Senior High School. Students – As the prospective Senior High School learners in the future, the findings of this study would benefit and inspire them to formulate and act upon on their career plans in the future.Future Researchers – This study would serve as reference that would help in conducting their own research studies