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ERIC Number: ED094217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 21
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Developing a Model of Occupational Choice.
Egner, Joan Roos; And Others
Review of the literature in counseling, sociology, psychology, and organizational behavior failed to yield a model satisfactory for a comprehensive research framework investigating why people choose different occupations. Rational and irrational occupational decision making models were unsatisfactory in capturing the many dimensions of the decision making/occupational choice process. A model developed by Blau, Gustad, Jessor, Parnes, and Wilcock rests on the thesis that occupational choice involves the interaction of the individual's valuation of the rewards offered by different occupational choices and his assessment of his chances of being able to realize each of the choices. Eight factors were identified as major intermediate determinants of occupational choice and were tested in three populations through an interview schedule and questionnaire. The pragmatic utility of the Blau model was also investigated through curricular materials for an 11th grade mini-course. Positive comments from participant-users suggested further revision of the materials to achieve a conceptually and pragmatically useful curriculum for improving the process of occupational decision making. (A 30-item bibliography is included.) (AG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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