ERIC Number: ED170220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
Education and Social Structure: Providence, R.I. 1880-1925. The Research Design and the Data Collection.
Perlmann, Ari Joel
This interim report describes in detail the data collection procedures for a study focusing on the relation of education to social structure in Providence, Rhode Island from 1880 to 1925. The objectives of the study are to examine the following: (1) the changing distribution of schooling among various social groups; (2) the extent to which schools helped people get ahead; (3) the extent to which different ethnic groups differed in their use of the schools; (4) the educational patterns in women of different social backgrounds and the role of education in their social mobility; and (5) the extent to which the educational credentials required for a job changed as the average amount of schooling increased. The author details how he chose samples from the census and high school records, how he obtained family background information from the city directory and the tax book, information on school attainment from the census and school records, and information on the sample members' careers, male and female, from the city directory, tax books, and marriage records. Limitations, difficulties, and the possible margin of error are noted in full. The author also describes how he classified and coded occupations and concludes with a description of organizing and processing the data collection. Research findings and implications will be reported at a later date. The data collection chart used is appended. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Census Figures, Community Study, Data, Data Collection, Economic Research, Educational History, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Relationship, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Tools, School Statistics, Social Indicators, Social Mobility, Social Science Research, Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Status, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhode Island (Providence)
Note: Table on page 59 and Data Collection charts on last four pages of document may not reproduce clearly due to small print type of original