ERIC Number: ED027116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
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Educational Orientations of Rural Youth in Selected Low-Income Counties of Texas.
Ohlendorf, George W.
The general objective of this study was to learn the nature of associations for race and sex with several dimensions of educational orientations held by adolescents living in selected all-rural, low-income areas. A secondary objective was to evaluate the general utility of a new multi-dimensional conceptual scheme for the study of status orientations. A group-administered questionnaire was given to high school sophomores in 3 all-rural, economically depressed counties in Texas to determine the students' educational aspiration and expectation levels. Results indicated that Negroes had higher educational goal levels and expected attainment levels than did whites. Negroes, however, experienced greater anticipatory deflection from their educational goals and they were more likely to be deflected positively. Boys had higher goals than girls, although no significant differences were found in intensity of aspiration, certainty of expectation, or deflection from their goal. Differences were greater in educational goal levels and expected attainment levels between sexes than between races. The multi-dimensional conceptual scheme was deemed fruitful. Definite implications were drawn for future policy-making and social action concerning racial differences. (CM)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Black Achievement, Black Students, Conceptual Schemes, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attitudes, Females, Goal Orientation, High School Students, Low Income Counties, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Racial Differences, Rural Youth, School Orientation, Social Development, Social Mobility, White Students
Inter-library loan from Texas A & M University Library, College Station, Texas 77843.
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Note: Master's Thesis submitted to Texas A & M Univ., Graduate College, May 1967.