ERIC Number: ED032154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Educational Values in Contrasting Rural Communities of Low-Income Areas. Final Report.
Sistrunk, Joan; And Others
Environmental factors, family relationships, school academic and social milieu, opportunities for achieving recognition, and general attitudes were studied in 10 rural Kansas communities. Five communities with high percentages and 5 with low percentages of students going to college were compared in an attempt to determine differences in values placed on education. Information gathering procedures included: (1) the administration of questionnaires to all students and teachers in 10 selected community high schools; (2) an interview with all parents of seniors in the selected high schools; (3) interviews with selected community leaders; and (4) a review and classification of educational news over a one-year period in local newspapers. Results of the study indicated that more students planned to attend college in communities that stressed going to college as a key to later success. Also, family influences were found to play a large part in the educational and occupational aspirations of young people. It was recommended that an attempt be made on a state-wide basis to increase aid and support of local youth in low-income communities where educational goals are not emphasized. A bibliography, statistical data, and sample questionnaires are included. (EV)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.