ERIC Number: ED049401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Professionalization and the New Careerist.
Thompson, Margaret Anne
This master's thesis is centered around the whole issue of whether New Careerists become more professionally oriented as time goes by, and if so, whether they are able to preserve their low-income characteristics and orientation and retain their ability to perform a bridging function in the low-income community at the same time. The instrument used to survey attitudes of the New Careerists was based on the marginal man theory and statistical analysis of the data gathered from the questionnaire. It was hypothesized that their marginal status would hinder professionalization in terms of attitudes and skills acquisition. The subjects were 200 New Careerists in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The data indicated that New Careerists did become professionalized but only in specific ways (professional mandate and universalistic criteria of judgment) and that the marginality hypothesis was not supported. The implication was that while New Careerists were professionalized to a degree, the bridging function was not lost. They took on professional ways of handling their job situations, while maintaining their loyalties and characteristics as members of the low income community. (DM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis); New Careers Programs
Note: M.A. Thesis