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"I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby AceTutors123 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:42 am

Young children's ambitions 'hint at emotional strength'

Big career plans in young children may hint at greater emotional strength and resilience, a study suggests.

Researchers at London University's Institute of Education asked more than 11,000 seven-year-olds what they wanted to be when they grew up.

They found ambitious children from poor homes had fewer behavioural problems than those with lesser dreams.

"Their ambitions may reflect their sense of hope for the future," said lead author, Prof Eirini Flouri.

"Early aspirations may therefore be a very good indicator of a cluster of characteristics associated with resilience - or the lack of it - such as self-perception of competence or a feeling of hopelessness," said Prof Flouri.

Sporting dreams
The researchers acknowledge that children's career aspirations at age seven are largely dreams rather than realistic plans, for example a third of the boys interviewed said they wanted to be footballers or other sportsmen.

The 12 most popular occupations with seven-year-olds were teacher, scientist, hairdresser, sports player, firefighter, police officer, artist, entertainer, animal carer, vet, doctor and builder.

The researchers cross-referenced the results of the survey with data on the same children's emotional state, drawn from questionnaires on their strengths and difficulties filled in by their mothers. They also factored in details of family income.

The findings suggested children from the poorest families were more likely than their better-off peers to want to work in the public sector perhaps as doctors, teachers or police officers.

The study also revealed most of the seven-year-olds interviewed were very ambitious. Just over 80% were hoping for professional or managerial jobs, with girls more likely to dream of professional careers.

The researchers found girls were more interested in careers involving helping or caring for people or animals while boys were more likely to be motivated by dreams of becoming powerful, popular or wealthy.

The study found 12% of boys wanted to be policemen and 5% firemen. It also revealed 23% of girls wanted to be teachers, 12% vets and 6% doctors.

The study was based on data from the Millennium Cohort Study, which has been following more than 19,000 children from all over the the UK since they were born in 2000-1. The aim is to continue to follow them into adulthood. The study is run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19586824
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This is so fun! What did your dc say that he wanted to be when he was older?

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby LOLMum » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:27 am

One a cooker n the other a fire engine. :sweat: :scratchhead:

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby nms1 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:30 am

Daughter (P2) - ballet teacher, piano teacher & school counsellor (all at the same time!)
Son (K1) - Pilot
Son (N2) - Policeman

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby nms1 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:30 am

Daughter (P2) - ballet teacher, piano teacher & school counsellor (all at the same time!)
Son (K1) - Pilot
Son (N2) - Policeman

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby Kissgurami » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:39 am

DD1 (7yrs old) - Policewoman and Doctor
DD2 (6 yrs old) - A Singer and Art Teacher

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby Nihauma » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:43 am

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby Nihauma » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:44 am

My son: Boss

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby sunset_dae » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:44 am

power ranger.... :rotflmao:

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Re: "I want to be a _____ when I grow up"

Postby AceTutors123 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:44 am

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