Characteristics and benefits of professional work - Assessment of their importance over a 30-year career

Western, J., Haynes, M., Durrington, D. A. and Dwan, K. (2006) Characteristics and benefits of professional work - Assessment of their importance over a 30-year career. Journal of Sociology, 42 2: 165-188. doi:10.1177/1440783306058482

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Author Western, J.
Haynes, M.
Durrington, D. A.
Dwan, K.
Title Characteristics and benefits of professional work - Assessment of their importance over a 30-year career
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783306058482
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 165
End page 188
Total pages 24
Editor K. Carrington
P. Corrigan
M. Gibson
J. Scott
S. Thiele
Place of publication London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
370100 Sociology
750103 The professions and professionalisation
Abstract The Professions in Australia Study is the first longitudinal investigation of the professions in Australia; it spans 33 years. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed on at least eight occasions between 1965 and 1998 to cohorts of students and later practitioners from the professions of engineering, law and medicine. The longitudinal design of this study has allowed for an investigation of individual change over time of three archetypal characteristics of the professions, service, knowledge and autonomy and two of the benefits of professional work, financial rewards and prestige. A cumulative logit random effects model was used to statistically assess changes in the ordinal response scores for measuring importance of the characteristics and benefits through stages of the career path. Individuals were also classified by average trends in response scores over time and hence professions are described through their members' tendency to follow a particular path in attitudes either of change or constancy, in relation to the importance of the five elements (characteristics and benefits). Comparisons in trends are also made between the three professions.
Keyword Sociology
Autonomy
Financial Rewards
Knowledge
Longitudinal
Prestige
Professions
Service
Reform
Q-Index Code C1

 
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