An Emergent Phenomenon of American Indian Secondary Students’ Career Development Process
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
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The Career Development Quarterly
Volume 61, Issue 2, pages 124–140, June 2013
How to Cite
Flynn, S. V., Duncan, K. J. and Evenson, L. L. (2013), An Emergent Phenomenon of American Indian Secondary Students’ Career Development Process. The Career Development Quarterly, 61: 124–140. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00042.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Received 11/10/11; Revised 02/12/12; Accepted 02/17/12
- American Indian;
- career development;
Nine single-race American Indian secondary students’ career development experiences were examined through a phenomenological methodology. All 9 participants were in the transition period starting in late secondary school (age 18). Data sources included individual interviews and journal analysis. The phenomenon of American Indian secondary students’ career development process comprised 7 themes, which were integrated into 3 interacting dimensions: introspective, relational, and contextual. Findings reveal unique career development processes for American Indian secondary students living in tribal settings, including career decision process, career options, outcome expectations, and self-efficacy. Implications for school counselors and counselor educators are discussed.