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ERIC Number: EJ797744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
Evidence in Support of Gottfredson's Common Cognitive Map of Occupations
Beavis, Adrian
Australian Journal of Career Development, v16 n1 p38-44 Aut 2007
Gottfredson proposed that most people share an understanding of the world of work based upon the sex type, social status and type of occupations. Individuals use these three dimensions to organise their view of the world of work. There is as a consequence, she argued, a common cognitive map of occupations. She depicted this map graphically. This study examines the extent to which this map accurately depicts relations between occupations along these three dimensions in the world of work as a test of her theory. Using Australian data, it is found that her map correctly depicts relations between occupations and that therefore, if people's stereotypes are based upon the common cognitive map of occupations, they are accurate. (Contains 5 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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