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Adolescents' development of occupational aspirations in a tracked and vocation-oriented educational system


Basler, Ariane; Kriesi, Irene (2019). Adolescents' development of occupational aspirations in a tracked and vocation-oriented educational system. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 115(103330):1-14.

Abstract

The formation of occupational aspirations is an important developmental task during adolescence, and aspirations are an important predictor of occupational attainment in adulthood. This paper investigates the formation and development of occupational aspirations in a tracked educational system. We focus on the social status of occupations and take Switzerland as an example. We use data of the Swiss Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth to examine how characteristics of the educational pathway influence the status of adolescents' occupational aspirations between the ages of 15 and 21. Our findings show that the level and development of adolescents' occupational status aspirations differ by tracks of upper-secondary education. Whereas young people in baccalaureate school decrease their status aspirations slightly over time, those in some types of vocational education and training increase their aspirations considerably. Overall, the results support the assumption of a strong relationship between the development of occupational status aspirations and the structure of the educational system.

Abstract

The formation of occupational aspirations is an important developmental task during adolescence, and aspirations are an important predictor of occupational attainment in adulthood. This paper investigates the formation and development of occupational aspirations in a tracked educational system. We focus on the social status of occupations and take Switzerland as an example. We use data of the Swiss Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth to examine how characteristics of the educational pathway influence the status of adolescents' occupational aspirations between the ages of 15 and 21. Our findings show that the level and development of adolescents' occupational status aspirations differ by tracks of upper-secondary education. Whereas young people in baccalaureate school decrease their status aspirations slightly over time, those in some types of vocational education and training increase their aspirations considerably. Overall, the results support the assumption of a strong relationship between the development of occupational status aspirations and the structure of the educational system.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Social Sciences & Humanities > Applied Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Life-span and Life-course Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords:Development of occupational status aspirations, Adolescence, Educational system, Tracking, Vocational education and training
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:23 Jan 2020 11:16
Last Modified:22 Jun 2024 01:40
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0001-8791
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2019.103330