Occupational aspirations of low socioeconomic black South African children

Watson, Mark, McMahon, Mary, Foxcroft, Cheryl and Els, Catherine (2010) Occupational aspirations of low socioeconomic black South African children. Journal of Career Development, 37 4: 717-734. doi:10.1177/0894845309359351

Author Watson, Mark
McMahon, Mary
Foxcroft, Cheryl
Els, Catherine
Title Occupational aspirations of low socioeconomic black South African children
Journal name Journal of Career Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-8453
Publication date 2010-12
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0894845309359351
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 717
End page 734
Total pages 18
Place of publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher Kluwer/Human Sciences Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract There has been a call for a more systematic research focus on the career development of children from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, with the viewpoint that children’s career development research needs to be contextually grounded in the countries and cultures where such development occurs. This article describes the occupational aspirations (in terms of typology and status level) of Black South African upper elementary school children of low socioeconomic status. A nonprobability convenience sample of 274 children (157 females, 117 males) from Grades 5 and 6 participated. Two open-ended questions from the Revised Career Awareness Survey were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results revealed that most children aspired to social and investigative type occupations, with over 80% aspiring to high status occupations. There were few gender differences. The implications of the findings as well as practical considerations in researching more disadvantaged populations are discussed.
Keyword Career development
Elementary school
Occupational aspirations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print March 5, 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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