ERIC Number: ED024075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-15
Reference Count: 0
Planned and Unplanned Aspects of Occupational Choices by Youth: Toward A Morphology of Occupational Choice.
Ellis, Robert A.; Tyler, Leona
A major task in the present study was to develop a Morphology of Occupational Choice that would articulate the main sectors in which occupational decisions are made. These four major sectors, serving as social incentives, influence the choices youth make of their future life work: (1) the intrinsic features of the work task, (2) the extrinsic rewards of work, (3) the extra-role considerations, and (4) the perceived feasibility of the occupational goals. Each of these four sectors can, in turn be differentiated into subcomponents. In its most elaborate form, the morphology comprises 27 elements of choice. Detailed coding procedures for the morphology were developed, with parallel forms constructed for use with choice and exclusion data. Tests were made of the usefulness of the morphology for classifying the structure of what is chosen (or rejected) in occupational decisions. A significant by-product of the present inquiry was the development of a Social Time Perspective Scale that can be used for assessing the extent to which youth adopt a long-term view of the future. A final concern was the methodological issue of the compatibility of interview and questionnaire data on occupational choice and its related factors. Despite expectations to the contrary, the findings revealed fundamentally different results are yielded by the two procedures. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.