ERIC Number: EJ1098190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
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Credentialism and Career Aspirations: How Urban Chinese Youth Chose High School and College Majors
Kim, Sung Won; Brown, Kari-Elle; Fong, Vanessa L.
Comparative Education Review, v60 n2 p271-292 May 2016
This article explores how graduates of a junior high school in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China, chose their high school and college major subject of study and the extent to which their majors fit with their work trajectories. We found that most interviewees considered the likelihood of a major and degree leading to better job opportunities more important than how the major fit with their personal interests. However, the unpredictability of the market economy in China made it difficult to anticipate which majors would lead to more lucrative jobs, and many eventually found work that did not match their majors.
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Majors (Students), Selection Criteria, Credentials, Occupational Aspiration, High School Students, High School Graduates, Interviews, Student Interests, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Education Work Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: China