Title

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A Qualitative Study of American and Japanese Children's Occupational Aspirations

Department

Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2003

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare cultural differences in Japanese and American first graders' occupational aspirations. The data came from the written essays of children from both nations. The data analysis revealed that, when choosing careers, these children selected universal categories of occupations that included arts, professions, manual and related jobs, specialties, sports, and teaching. However, their cultures clearly influenced their career choices; specifically, American children chose vocations for self-related reasons, while their Japanese age-mates' choices were for reasons related both to self and to others.

Journal

Child Study Journal

Journal ISSN

0009--4005

Volume

33

Issue

3

First Page

175

Last Page

187

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