ERIC Number: ED185453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Career as a Developmental Concept.
Sociological literature on careers reveals that there are four major approaches framing career study, i.e., developmental, objective-empirical, normative, and interactive perspectives. Analysis of these approaches points to an orienting conceptualization of career based on the core characteristics of centrality, duration, and public conspicuousness. Centrality refers to dominant intention or engagement which involves identity and the self. Duration implies persistence over time and includes the structural attributes of career, contingencies, timing, pattern, and sequence. Public conspicuousness indicates that the centrality and duration of an individual's career are recognized as part of the institutional arrangements of society. Thus conceived, the concept directs investigators to look for markers or signposts at both the subjective and objective levels and the interplay between the two within and across multiple domains. Life transitions may serve as career markers because they involve changes in customary behavior patterns and in self-concept. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (32nd, Washington, DC, November 25-29, 1979). Small print may be marginally legible.