ERIC Number: EJ1065077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Perceived Influences on the Career Choices of Children and Youth: An Exploratory Study
Howard, Kimberly A. S.; Flanagan, Sean; Castine, Eleanor; Walsh, Mary E.
International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, v15 n2 p99-111 Jul 2015
Children's understanding of factors influencing their career choices was examined. Seventy-two children, in grades kindergarten, 4, and 8, responded to questions about their perceptions of career influences. Responses were coded to capture the nature of the influences identified, including the global versus specific and linear versus interacting nature of these influences. Further, influences were coded as existing proximal versus distal to the child. Results indicate that older children identified more career influences that were either specific or categorical and interacted in dynamic ways. No evidence was found for older children offering influences that existed at a systems level of organization.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 8, Childhood Attitudes, Career Choice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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