ERIC Number: ED028303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Educational and Occupational Orientation of Negro Male Youth In The Mississippi Delta. Final Report.
Boykin, William C., Sr.
To provide a description of male Negro youth in the Mississippi Delta, a study was conducted to assess their educational and occupational aspirations, preferences, and aptitudes, and to recommend relevant educational programs. The sample consisted of 197 rural and 380 urban 12th grade students from 12 high schools in 11 counties having a majority of Negro youth. Some findings were: (1) 70 percent of the students were from families with incomes of less than $3000, (2) Aspirations of urban youth were higher, (3) A youth's mother was most influential in guiding his educational aspiration, (4) 29 percent aspired to a 4-year college degree but two-thirds lacked the necessary finances, (5) Aspiration for a 2-year terminal degree was low, (6) There was a critical lack of realistic occupational information available to students, (7) Generally, urban youth scored higher in aptitude, (8) The sample scored relatively higher on manual dexterity than on intelligence tests, and (9) 63-74 percent expressed preference for personal service or manual labor occupations. Some recommendations were that additional well-trained counseling and guidance personnel be utilized, and that junior high school level occupational information programs be implemented. (DM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alcorn State Univ., Lorman, MS.