Occupational interests and aspirations of rural Black South African children: considerations for theory, research and practice

Watson, Mark, McMahon, Mary and Longe, Paul (2011) Occupational interests and aspirations of rural Black South African children: considerations for theory, research and practice. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 21 3: 413-420.

Author Watson, Mark
McMahon, Mary
Longe, Paul
Title Occupational interests and aspirations of rural Black South African children: considerations for theory, research and practice
Journal name Journal of Psychology in Africa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1433-0237
1815-5626
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 413
End page 420
Total pages 8
Place of publication Athens, GA, United States
Publisher Elliott & Fitzpatrick
Language eng
Abstract There has been limited international and South African research on the career development of rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged children. The present research provides baseline Information on the career development of rural, low socioeconomic status, Black upper elementary school children (N = 292; 154 girls and 138 boys) in relation to their occupational interests and aspirations. Interests and aspirations were classified in terms of Holland's typology and status level. The results revealed that the children were more interested in and aspired more towards professional status level occupations in Social (i.e., people) and Investigative (i.e., scientific) type categories. Several significant gender differences were found. Girls aspired more to Social type occupations and boys more to Investigative type occupations, with the children's occupational aspirations reflecting gender traditlonality. The implications of the present findings present the field with challenges In terms of career theory, research and practice Copyright
Keyword Aspiration
Career
Children
Gender
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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