ERIC Number: ED032610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Method for the Collection and Analysis of Retrospective Life Histories. Report No. 48.
Blum, Zahava D.; And Others
To achieve the goal of "equality of opportunity" and socioeconomic well being in American society there is the need to know what type of directed social change is appropriate. The purpose of this research effort was to examine empirical data on how social groups and individual households achieve social mobility in order to identify alternative intervention points. Social mobility is seen primarily in socioeconomic terms with a strong but not exclusive, emphasis on the role played by educational attainments in the mobility of individual households and social groups. A current emphasis of our research is an investigation of the occurrence (or lack of occurrence) of certain events as the individual passes through his own life cycel, i.e., a study of intragenerational mobility. Using survey research methods, retrospective life histories have been obtained for a national sample of the noninstitutionalized population of males 30-39 years of age residing in households in the United States and a similar sample of Negro males. This paper, while not intended to be a comprehensive manual, discusses the general approach developed in the project, illustrates many of the procedures, and gives examples from the survey data. (Author/KJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.