ERIC Number: ED296157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Routes into the Mainstream: Career Choices of Women and Minorities. Occasional Paper No. 124.
Berryman, Sue E.
Joint implications from five recent studies on occupational choice indicate that a more in-depth concentration on the occupational consistency or discontinuity of women and minorities will provide direction for future academic discipline and policy for this population. The discipline and policy process is potentially one of the most important areas in research because it begins to raise questions about concepts of occupation. The studies show the extent to which identities seem to organize occupational choice for all individuals. A set of occupations consistent with how these identities are put together seems to be emerging. There seems to be a sense of occupational persistence with upward mobility within the context of tribe, class, or gender. Arguably, two factors--tribal/cultural concept and social class--seem to contribute to the relationship between ethnicity and mathematical performance at each educational stage. Both affect family behavior patterns, which, in turn, powerfully affect children's school performance. Literature indicates that girls' occupational expectations depend on how they expect to allocate their time during adulthood between the labor force and work in the home. Career choices seem to reflect how and when to resolve the conflict between achievement in the labor force and family responsibilities. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination
National Center Publications, Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. OC124: $2.75).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.