Differences in career attitude and career knolwedge for high school students with and without paid work experience

Creed, Peter A. & Patton, Wendy A. (2003) Differences in career attitude and career knolwedge for high school students with and without paid work experience. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 3(1), pp. 21-33.

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A large sample (N = 1,279) of high school students was assessed using the Career Maturity Inventory (CDI-A; Lokan, 1984). The two composite scales of Career Development Attitude and Career Development Knowledge were examined in relation to age, gender and whether the students had engaged in paid work experience. Levels of career maturity increased with age, and in general, females at all age levels reported higher levels of maturity than males. Students with paid work experience reported higher levels of Career Development Attitude than those with no paid work experience. Career Development Knowledge was not associated with paid work experience. Gender differences also occurred, with females with paid work experience generally reporting higher levels of career maturity than males with paid work experience. Results are discussed in a developmental context.

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ID Code: 9644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: career attitude, career knowledge, high school students, gender differences, paid work experience, career maturity
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022674528730
ISSN: 1573-1782
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:58

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