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Toward a Unifying Social Cognitive Theory of Career and Academic Interest, Choice, and PerformancePublications
This article presents a social cognitive framework for understanding three intricately linked aspects of career development: (a) the formation and elaboration of career-relevant interests, (b) selection of academic and career choice options, and (c) performance and persistence in educational and occupational pursuits. The framework, derived primarily from Bandura′s (1986) general social cognitive theory, emphasizes the means by which individuals exercise personal agency in the career development process, as well as extra-personal factors that enhance or constrain agency. In particular, we
Social Cognitive Career Theory at 25: Empirical Status of the Interest, Choice, and Performance ModelsPublications
Social cognitive career theory (SCCT) consists of five interrelated models. Its original models focus on the determinants of educational and occupational interest, choice, and performance (including persistence) (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994). A fourth model is aimed at satisfaction and other aspects of well-being in academic and career-related settings (Lent & Brown, 2006a, 2008), and the fifth model highlights processes whereby people manage common developmental tasks and uncommon challenges across the career lifespan (Lent & Brown, 2013). Each of the models seeks to integrate relevant
Nature, Importance, and Assessment of InterestsPublications
Research has provided substantial information about the properties of interests, but has not provided an answer to the basic question: What are interests? Identifying the essence and origin of interests and developing precise definitions of interests have been elusive tasks. Extant theories of career development and vocational interests, that describe the function of interests, hint at but do not directly address the more fundamental question of what interests are.
Career Development and Counseling: A Social Cognitive FrameworkPublications
People’s work possibilities and developmental trajectories are affected by many variables, including their personal attributes (e.g., interests, abilities, values), learning and socialization experiences, and the resources, opportunities, and barriers afforded by their environments. Occupational paths are forged not by any one of these forces, but rather by the complex interactions among them.
National Q-12 EducationPublications
Quantum education at the K-12 levels is just getting started. Currently, the Q-12 community is focused on developing both informal and formal learning opportunities for teachers, students, and families. That encompasses new lessons, events, free access to quantum technologies, and information about careers. This site will provide information on educational resources and careers in this exciting area of STEM.
Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School SettingsPublications
From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture ProfessionalsPublications
The primary goal of the From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals Program (NEXTGEN) is to enable 1890 institutions, 1994 institutions, Alaska Native-serving institutions and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions and insular area institutions of higher education located in the U.S. territories to build and sustain the next generation of the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) workforce including the future USDA workforce primarily through providing student scholarship support
Good Jobs ChallengePublications
Map a Career in Clean EnergyPublications
Lines of Practice: A Practice-Centered Theory of Interest RelationshipsPublications
Based on a three-year-long ethnography of the hobby of model rocketry, I present a practice-centered theory of interest relationships—that is, the pattern of long-term, self-motivated engagement in open-ended practices that has been theorized under the concept of individual interests. In contrast to extant theories of individual interests, in which persistent engagement is pegged to a topic-specific relationship (e.g., a model rocketeer has an interest in the topic of rocketry, broadly conceived), I propose that persistence in a practice of interest is best understood in terms of what I call