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    Teaching for life? midlife narratives from female classroom teachers who considered leaving the profession

    Cooper, H. and MacKenzie Davey, Kate (2011) Teaching for life? midlife narratives from female classroom teachers who considered leaving the profession. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 39 (1), pp. 83-102. ISSN 0306-9885.

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    Career decision-making research has focused primarily on occupation change as a discrete event and emphasised occupational mobility. Not all of those who consider changing occupation do so though, and this study explored the narrative accounts of nine female teachers who had considered leaving the profession, but remained teaching at midlife. Narrative plotlines illustrated how this decision-making process evolved across the career span and revealed individual experiences ranging from reconciliation to on-going disaffection with teaching. Thematic analysis identified factors associated with occupational embeddedness in understanding why these women stayed and the potential for embedding issues to constrain women's occupational mobility. Implications for career counselling include exploring occupational decision-making across the career span, recognising the impact of embedding forces on women's teaching careers and supporting those who feel unable to leave this demanding occupation.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): occupational embeddedness, teaching, narrative plotlines, career decisions, women's careers
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Kate Mackenzie-Davey
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 15:04
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:21


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