ERIC Number: ED048452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Educational and Occupational Aspirations and Expectations of High School Youth.
Mondart, C. L., Sr.; And Others
To identify the occupational and educational aspirations and expectations of Louisiana high school students and relate these aspirations and expectations to their background of experiences, 13,607 students (7,021 girls and 6,586 boys) were interviewed in a group situation. The findings suggest that high school students develop strong occupational interests early, with at least tentative choices made before they reach the 11th grade. However, occupational information provided in school has little influence on occupational choices, although there is evidence to show that such material is available. Student educational aspirations and expectations, like those considered vocational, are influenced most by the home and friends, but may develop unrealistic aspirations for prestigious careers when work more appropriate to their abilities should be considered. It was recommended that schools provide early organized and realistic information about career opportunities and that the curricular design should be made more flexible by providing more training options. The interview schedule, student occupational choices, statistical tables, and participating schools are appended. (SB)
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Dept. of Vocational Agricultural Education.