Career Choice and Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Gender Differences


Jonathan Frazier (Editor)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS012000

Career Choice and Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Gender Differences opens with a study with the goal of examining the learning experiences and outcomes of Twinkling Star Program students in their freshmen year by employing a national survey study. The Twinkling Star Program was implemented to recruit students from underprivileged schools in disadvantaged regions into top universities in Taiwan. The results showed that these students came from lower family backgrounds and experienced more learning difficulties; however, as they had a stronger motivation for academic achievement, they were able to perform better than their non-Twinkling Star peers. Next, the authors examine the relationship between measured intelligence and self-report vocational interest factors, through a small a sample of adult twins, in order to assess if future large scale behavioural genetic studies should be conducted in this field. A subsequent chapter provides a review of international literature on gender differences in vocational interests and in Brazil, as well as a review of topical findings. Brazilian and worldwide findings are analyzed and implications for research are outlined. The authors go on to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dual-earner households, which affect not only the couple but also the children. Suggestions are provided for making a dual-earner relationship work.



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Twinkling Stars: The Learning Outcomes of College Freshmen in an Affirmative Admission Program in Taiwan
(Hsiou-huai Wang, Professor, Center of Teacher Education, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Chapter 2. What Do Smart People Want to Do? A Behavior Genetic Investigation of the Relationship between Vocational Interests and Measured Intelligence
(Julie Aitken Schermer, Philip A. Vernon and Andrew M. Johnson, Management and Organizational Studies, Faculty of Social Science, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, and others)

Chapter 3. Gender Differences and Vocational Interests in Brazil: Findings from a Basic Interests Scale
(Rodolfo Augusto Mateo Ambiel, Ana Paula Porto Noronha and Acácia Aparecida Angeli dos Santos, Universidade São Francisco, Campinas, Brazil)

Chapter 4. The Pros and Cons of Being in a Dual-Earner Partnership and Tips for Making It Work
(Mercedes Gremillion, Victoria A. Felix, Andrea B. Moreno and Walt Buboltz, PhD, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, US)


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