Life Roles, Values, and Careers: International Findings of the Work Importance Study / Edition 1

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Using research from an innovative, cross-national project, this book answers fundamental questions about the nature of work in modern life. An important contribution to the global study of human development across the lifespan, this book contains a wealth of information and valuable instruments.

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"Destined to be a classic reference for every serious scholar of career development theory and for practitioners of career counseling around the world. Sets standards of scope, quality, integrity, and integration is cross-national comparisons that will not soon be matched." —Edwin L. Herr, distinguished professor of education, Pennsylvania State University

"Offers a stimulating discussion around the questions of study. Professionals interested in career assessment, vocational counseling, personnel selection and program evaluation can benefit from the instrumentation yielded by this study."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901004
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/13/1995
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD E. SUPER was international coordinator of the Work Importance Study, based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was the author or coauthor of a number of books including Appraising Vocational Fitness, The Psychology of Careers, Computer-Assisted Counseling, Measuring Vocation Maturity, and Career Development in Britain. He died in June 1994. BRANIMIR SVERKO is professor of psychology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches work and organizational psychology and is currently directing the chair for Industrial Psychology and Ergonomics.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction
1. Studies of the Meaning of Work: Approaches, Models, and Some of the Findings(Branimir Sverko, Vlasta Vizek-Vidovic)
2. The Role Concept in Career Development(David J. Gouws)
3. Values: Their Nature, Assessment, and Practical Use(Donald E. Super)
4. Developing the Work Importance Study(J. Ferreira-Marques, M. J. Miranda)
Part Two: The National Projects
5. Studies of Work Importance in Australia(Janice J. Lokan, Meredith Shears)
6. The Flemish Work Importance Study(Pol Coetsier, Rita Claes)
7. The Canadian Study of Life Roles and Values(Catherine Casserly, George Fitzsimmons, Donald Macnab)
8. Life Roles and Values in Croatia: Some Results of the Work Importance Study(Branimir Sverko, Zeljko Jerneica, Alija Kulenovica, Vlasta Vizek-Vidovic)
9. The Israeli Work Importance Study(Edgar Krau)
10. Life Roles and Values in Italy: Some Results of the Work Importance Study(Giancarlo Trentini)
11. Work Values and Role Salience in Japanese Culture(Nubuo Nakanishi, Toshiki Mikawa)
12. The Work Importance Study in Poland(Elzbieta M. Hornowska, Wladislaw J. Paluchowski)
13. The Portuguese Work Importance Study(J. Ferreira-Marques)
14. The South African Work Importance Study(Ronelle Langley)
15. The Work Importance Study in the United States(Dorothy D. Nevill)
Part Three: Cross-National and Topical Studies
16. The Structure and Hierarchy of Values Viewed Cross-Nationally(Branimir Sverko)
17. Values in a Cross-Cultural Perspective: A Further Analysis(Giancarlo Trentini, Giovanni Battista Muzio)
18. The Five Major Life Roles Viewed Cross-Nationally(Alija Kulenovic, Donald E. Super)
19. Role Commitment and Values Among Adolescents from Four Countries(Janice J. Lokan)
20. Role Salience and Time Use in Canada(Catherine Casserly, Andrew Harvey)
21. The Importance of Work in Two Waves of Cuban Immigrants to the United States(Dorothy D. Nevill, Andres Nazario, Jr.)
22. Role Salience in Employment and Unemployment: A Cross-National Comparison of Canada, Belgian Flanders, and Italy(Rita Claes, Massimo Bellotto, Catherine Casserly, Pol Coetsier, Donald Macnab, Marisa Sangiorgi)
Tests of the Work Importance Study Model of Role Salience(Donald E. Super)
Homemakers and Employed Women in Belgian Flanders and the Southeast United States(Rita Claes, Grace Martin, Pol Coetsier, Donald E. Super)
Perceptions and Expectations of the Worker and Homemaker Roles in Australia, Portugal, and the United States(Dorothy D. Nevill)
Part Four: Conclusion
26. The Findings of the Work Importance Study(Branimir Sverko, Donald E. Super)
AppAndixes: Values Scale Data from Different Countries: Mean Scores and Standard Deviations in Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Samples;
Values Structure: Totated Factor Matrix for a Global Pooled Sample;
Similarity of Value Factors Across the Countries: Factor Congruence Summary Table;
Value Hierarchies of National Samples;
Values Scale Mean Z Scores for Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Samples in Different Countries;
Mean Value Factor Scores for Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Samples in Different Countries;
Role Salience Data from Different Countries: Mean Scores and Standard Deviations in Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Samples;
Rotated Factor Structure Matrix of the Salience Measures;
Overall Means and Standard Deviations of Salience Variables for Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Subjects;
Role Salience Z Scores for Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Adult Samples in Different Countries;
Mean Factor Scores (Hierarchies of Samples) for Role Salience

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