ERIC Number: ED026671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Social Class, Role Models, Significant Others, and the Level of Educational Aspiration.
Pedersen, E.; Barrados, M.
The low level of achievement motivation in lower-class adolescents and the higher incidence of dropouts are seen to be related not only to economic impoverishment, but to a lack of achievement-oriented role models among significant others frequently encountered by such children. The sample was composed of 10th grade boys with IQ scores from 105-112. A questionnaire gathered data. In general, the hypothesized relationships are observed in the data, but statistically significant support is given the two following hypotheses: (1) lower-class boys with a high level of educational aspiration are less likely than middle class boys with high aspirations to select family members as role models, and (2) lower class boys with a low level of educational aspiration are more likely than similarly disposed middle-class boys to see family members as role models. (BP)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Council for Research in Education, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at the Sixth Canadian Conference on Educational Research, Ste. Foy, Quebec, June 1968.