ERIC Number: ED058972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Careers of Rural Male High School Seniors in Mississippi: A Study of Occupational Interests, Aspirations, and Expectations. Education Series 5, Report 26.
Shill, James F.
The central purpose of this research was to provide vocational educators in general, and agricultural educators in particular, with insights into the occupational aspirations, expectations, and interests of rural male seniors. Specific objectives of the research were (1) to compare occupational aspirations, expectations, and interests of seniors who had 1 or more years of vocational agriculture (vo-ag) instruction to those who had no such instruction and (2) to study factors relating to occupational aspiration/expectation differentials among and between vo-ag and non-vo-ag seniors. Data were gathered from 517 seniors principally from classroom questionnaires administered during April and May of 1967 by vo-ag instructors or counselors. Two groups formed the basis for analysis. The first group was composed of 117 non-vo-ag seniors, and the second group was composed of 400 vo-ag seniors. Analysis was conducted by employing the chi-square statistical technique in 3 major phases. The first phase consisted of analyzing the occupational interests of seniors. In the second phase, the occupational aspirations and expectations of seniors were analyzed. In the final phase, factors related to occupational aspiration/expectation differentials among and between vo-ag and non-vo-ag seniors were analyzed. Some of the findings were that seniors in the vo-ag group indicated highest degrees of interest in being employed in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing, and transportation and utilities industries and that seniors in the non-vo-ag group indicated highest degrees of interest in being employed in the construction, government, and manufacturing industries. (LS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., State College. Social Science Research Center.