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ERIC Number: ED326685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Work Values of Singaporean Adolescents.
Tan, Esther
This study attempted to determine the predominant work values among Singaporean students, possible changes in the work values of adolescents as they proceed from early to late adolescence, and the role of gender in forming work values. Using a cross-sectional design and stratified random sampling techniques, a sample of 645 boys and 735 girls was drawn from 14 secondary schools and 3 junior colleges in Singapore. Stratification was based on geographical location, type of school, and distribution of the students in terms of age, gender, and curriculum. The students ranged from 12 to 18 years of age. Super's "Work Values Inventory (1970) was used to ascertain the work values of the adolescents in the sample. The study showed that regardless of age, gender, and curriculum, secondary school students in Singapore show a preoccupation with the importance of interpersonal relationships at work. To them, having a good and impartial supervisor and getting along with colleagues are of utmost importance, followed by "achievement" at work. Contrary to expectations, only slight age differences can be observed in that the younger students place more emphasis on "altruism,""esthetics,""supervisory relations," and "associates," whereas the older students are more concerned with practical values such as "way of life" and "economic returns." The study concluded that career guidance programs in schools need to begin early to be effective and that they should also address values clarification issues. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Work Values Inventory