The extended context of career : families negotiating education and career decisions

Patton, Wendy A., Doherty, Catherine A., & Shield, Paul G. (2014) The extended context of career : families negotiating education and career decisions. Australian Journal of Career Development, 23(2), pp. 69-78.

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In families, decisions about parents’ and children’s education and career require an ongoing negotiation to reconcile the goals of all family members. This paper describes a project which investigates these decisions within families experiencing whole family relocation based on one adult’s work. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with professional workers with school-aged children living in six Australian rural and remote communities. The interview sample included four doctors, 10 teachers, four nurses and nine police. This qualitative phase informed the development of an online survey of a larger sample (n¼278) of the same professional groups, which constituted a second quantitative phase of the research. This paper reports on only one aspect of the survey, that is, the participants’ recording of two previous career location moves they had undertaken and the reasons for these. The data emphasise the family project evident in this decision-making process as the respondents deal with a large range of complex individual, family and broader systems’ influences in reconciling their own careers and their children’s educational opportunities.

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ID Code: 73134
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: career, education, family, decisions, context
DOI: 10.1177/1038416214522028
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2014 23:39
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 05:46

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