ERIC Number: EJ1019491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
A Cross-Sectional Study of Career Aspirations in Thai Children in an International School in Bangkok
McDevitt, Teresa M.; Hess, Chelsie A.; Leesatayakun, Mantmart; Sheehan, Eugene P.; Kaufeld, Kimberly A.
Journal of Career Development, v40 n6 p531-550 Dec 2013
This investigation employed exploratory methods to examine career aspirations in 141 students in Grades 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 from an international school in Bangkok. Students specified the jobs that they were most likely to pursue as adults, rated the importance of potential influences in making career decisions, and drew a picture of themselves in their future occupations. Students aspired to a range of careers and viewed their own abilities and interests as being of primary importance in choosing a career track. Also important were advice from parents, gender issues, and factors related to globalization, including their proficiency with second languages, experiences with other cultures, and interests in traveling. Students' drawings revealed knowledge about desired job responsibilities. Developmental differences were present in several features of the data, including increasing attention to advanced technology and a progressively differentiated understanding of job duties.
Descriptors: International Schools, Foreign Countries, Occupational Aspiration, Investigations, Grade 4, Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 10, Grade 12, Vocational Interests, Career Development, Children, Questionnaires, Childhood Interests, Preferences, Freehand Drawing, Career Choice, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8; Grade 6; Grade 10; Grade 12
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand (Bangkok)