ERIC Number: ED412092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Clash of Future Selves in College Women Considering Science Careers.
Packard, Becky Wai-Ling; Wong, E. David
This project examines why college women who pursued a science career for at least two years eventually changed their career aspirations. The current research evolves from a pilot study where college women considering careers in medicine used language which envisioned a future clash between the role of a physician and that of a mother. This idea of a clash of future selves is further studied in the project. College women who pursued science for at least two years before changing career goals (Switchers) were interviewed using a semi-structured interview protocol addressing such topics as experiences in science courses, science interests, supportive people, and personal aspirations. By contrast, college women still pursuing a science career in such areas as research science or medicine (Pursuers) were also interviewed. Results indicate that both Switchers and Pursuers used language of the self when discussing their career goals and when describing clashes they experienced when considering future science careers. Pursuers negotiated clashes for their intended science career through conversations with and examples set by their mentors whereas the Switchers did not seem to have examples or images of future selves and turned away from their science career aspirations to pursue other careers. (Author/AIM))
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March, 1997).