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ERIC Number: ED187296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Women's Studies, Career Development, and Vocational Choice. Women's Studies Monograph Series.
Bose, Christine E.; Priest-Jones, Janet
The literature on the relationship of women's studies to career development and vocational outcomes is reviewed, and needs and strategies for future research are considered. The sociological studies of women's career aspirations tend to stress the importance of family background variables. Most of the sociological data examine whether women choose paid employment, rather than the kind of employment. Studies in guidance counseling, vocational education, and continuing education agree that more support programs and/or institutional services will be needed if women are to develop nontraditional vocational choices. Few research projects at a national level have sought to examine women's studies programs, and there are no systematic data available on the variety or frequency of career formats. Studies on services of women's studies programs, the impact of these programs on graduates, and the impact of one or more courses are cited. It is concluded that the data pool currently is too small and not systematic enough to answer accurately the detailed questions on career development, aspirations, and vocational outcomes that were sought in the present research. Four policy issues that relate to research on women's studies and career development are discussed, and a bibliography is presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Education Work Relationship, Females, Higher Education, Information Needs, Occupational Aspiration, Research Projects, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Interests, Womens Studies
Social Processes/Women's Research Team, National Institute of Education, Mail Stop 7, 1200 19th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20208
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.