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Pages: 2301-2310
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3822-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain

INVESTIGATION OF VOCATIONAL INTEREST AND VOCATIONAL PREFERENCE IN TERMS OF GENDER AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS

K.Z. Deniz1, E. Türe1, A. Uysal2, T. Akar1

1Ankara University (TURKEY)
2Baskent University Ozel Ayseabla Okulları (TURKEY)
Problem Statement:
Individuals tend to prefer a vocation in order to reach their targets such as leading a life, nutrition, housing, being safe, having a good position in society etc. It is a task of the adolescence period to choose a vocation which is for some the most important step of the life, while for some others it is a rather important step in life however that can be changed and made flexible any time. All studies which is examined, show that vocational preference and interest are affected by a great deal of variables. In this study, the relation of the gender and socio-economic status (SES) variables with the vocational preference and interest was analyzed.

Purpose of Study:
The purpose of the study is to present the factors that affect vocational interests and preferences with the help of Occupational Field Interest Inventory (OFII).

Methods:
Within this study, the long (OFII) and short form (OFII-SF) of the Occupational Field Interest Inventory were used. In total 812 students, who were studying at the preparatory classes of Ankara University (N=495) and Yıldırım Beyazıt University (N=317) during the 2011/12 spring semester, took part in this study. Before the analyses were made, the raw scores obtained via OFII and OFII-SF were converted into z score. For the analysis of the data chi-square, t test and one way ANOVA statistic techniques were used.

Findings and Results:
At the end of the study, it was seen that there is significant difference with regard to the gender of the individuals in terms of the fields which they study and their interests. According to the findings that were obtained as per SES, it was found out that the department preferences and interested fields (except for mathematics) of the individuals do not differ significantly.

Conclusions and Recommendations:
It was found significant that the point differences with regard to OFII sub-dimensions are in favor of women for Psychology, Health, Law, Foreign Languages and Visual Art; in favor of men for Computer, Political and Financial Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture-outdoor and Physical Science. It can be asserted that these findings are in conformity with the gender-vocational interest/preference studies. Many studies show that the interest/preference of the women for social vocations, which require working with people, is higher, while interest/preference of men for the vocations which require working with objects and abstract concepts is higher. It was recommended, while measuring vocational interests and preferences, that the gender variable is to be considered and new studies on SES variable carried out.
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title = {INVESTIGATION OF VOCATIONAL INTEREST AND VOCATIONAL PREFERENCE IN TERMS OF GENDER AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS},
series = {5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN13 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-3822-2},
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K.Z. Deniz, E. Türe, A. Uysal, T. Akar (2013) INVESTIGATION OF VOCATIONAL INTEREST AND VOCATIONAL PREFERENCE IN TERMS OF GENDER AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS, EDULEARN13 Proceedings, pp. 2301-2310.
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