Theories and Measures of Occupational Calling: a Review and Research Agenda

Author/s Anna Dalla Rosa, Elisa Maria Galliani, Michelangelo Vianello
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2014/2 Language English
Pages 23 P. 99-121 File size 174 KB
DOI 10.3280/ERP2014-002007
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People differ in the way they experience academic and professional careers, some may feel ‘called’ to a particular domain, while others may perceive their job as a simple mean to achieve higher goals. Research on career or vocational calling is still in its infancy, but it has so far observed some consistent results. Nonetheless, researchers have to deal with the lack of consensus about what constitutes a calling and how it should be measured. This paper addresses these needs by summarizing the main results of empirical research on calling. We integrate previous theoretical accounts in one single view that emphasizes commonalities across different theories and contributions. Next, we explore the academic and organizational outcomes of having a calling, highlighting those that showed more reliable empirical support. In this review, special attention will be devoted to the dynamics and individual development of calling. Finally, future research directions are discussed

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Anna Dalla Rosa, Elisa Maria Galliani, Michelangelo Vianello, Theories and Measures of Occupational Calling: a Review and Research Agenda in "EDUCATIONAL REFLECTIVE PRACTICES" 2/2014, pp 99-121, DOI: 10.3280/ERP2014-002007