ERIC Number: ED306509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-16
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Value Choices--Similar or Different.
Harrington, Thomas F.; Harrington, Joan C.
Values are important in understanding what a person wants from life, from work, and from the various roles that one plays in life. This study examined the most and least popular values chosen by diverse groups of people: 9,650 U.S. students in grades 7 through 12; 2,925 U.S. college freshmen; 571 Spanish-speaking Americans from Massachusetts and Puerto Rico; 2,113 Canadian school and community college students; and an Australian sample consisting of 2,157 secondary school students, 835 college and postsecondary school students, and 777 adult employees of 25 international companies. All subjects were administered the Harrington-O'Shea Career Decision-Making (CDM) System. Subjects selected from 14 values the four they considered most important to them. The findings suggest that there is some commonality across cultures in value preference. Individual variation in the selection of values appeared to occur after satisfying basic survival needs; these are reflected in the values of good salary and job security. Few gender differences were found, while there were definite differences noted between adults and younger subjects in their prioritizing of work values. (NB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Career Choice, College Freshmen, Cross Cultural Studies, Decision Making, Employee Attitudes, Employment Level, Higher Education, Individual Differences, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Values, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Puerto Rico; United States