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ERIC Number: ED049867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 182
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Educational Orientations of Southern Rural Youth: An Analysis of Socio-economic Status and Racial Differences.
Thomas, Katheryn Ann
The principal objective of this 1970 thesis was to investigate empirically the social class differentials in educational orientations of over 5,000 rural Negro and white high-school sophomores from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas; in addition, the significance of educational goal differences and/or differential opportunities as barriers to high educational attainment and subsequent social advancement is examined. Specifically, the study includes an analysis of Negro-white differences in educational orientations. Data, collected by questionnaire in 1966 and 1967, were analyzed in terms of interstate differences, socioeconomic-status differences, and racial differences. The findings in regard to educational aspirations suggest that opportunity, like educational aspirations, may not significantly prevent social mobility of low-socioeconomic-status youth but merely limits how far a youth can rise in socioeconomic status. That is, educational expectations indicate that lack of opportunity may be a barrier to completion of college by low- and moderate-socioeconomic-status youth. Implications suggest that educational opportunities be increased so that youth can pursue their educational goals; this might reduce value differences between social classes and races. (AN)
Inter-Library Loan from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
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Identifiers: United States (South)
Note: Master's thesis submitted to University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky