Avaliação da exploração vocacional na infância

Translated title of the contribution: Assessment of childhood career exploration

Íris M. Oliveira, Maria do Céu Taveira, Erik J. Porfeli

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There has been an increased attention to childhood career development over the last years, sustaining aneed to deepen the knowledge of childhood career exploration. Such a need is sustained by an integrativeperspective of this construct, which points to its developmental nature, adaptive functions, and implicationsin learning and development. This work intends to identify the assessment forms and contexts of childhoodcareer exploration, considering advantages and limitations. At infancy and early childhood, the assessmenthas relied on observation and checklists procedures focused on exploratory behaviors. At preschool andelementary-school, the use of projective techniques, interviews and guided tasks have assessed children’sinvestigative reasoning, self- and environment-career exploration. At middle-school years, these proceduresare coupled with self-report measures of the frequency of exploratory behaviors, use of exploratory resourcesand attitudes of career adaptability. The assessment of childhood career exploration has progressed fromqualitative to quantitative procedures and from a focus on exploratory behaviors to cognitive and selfreport processes. It is concluded that: (a) one needs to clarify whether career exploration includes or differsfrom curiosity; (b) the rational of the measures needs to be referred and might consider an integrativeperspective of career exploration; (c) the emotional and motivational aspects of career exploration shouldbe taken into account; and (d) the knowledge of middle-school students’ career exploration needs to beimproved, as it mostly relies on the use of measures of career adaptability and is conditioned by difficultiesin the chronological delimitation of childhood and adolescence.
Translated title of the contributionAssessment of childhood career exploration
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationAtas do IX Congresso Iberoamericano de Psicologia e 2.º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses
EditorsOrdem dos Psicólogos Portugueses
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherOrdem dos Psicólogos Portugueses
ISBN (Print)9789899903722
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventIX Congresso Iberoamericano de Psicologia/ 2º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 9 Sept 201413 Sept 2014
Conference number: 9


ConferenceIX Congresso Iberoamericano de Psicologia/ 2º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses


  • Career exploration
  • Childhood
  • Career assessmen


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