ERIC Number: ED206532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Mobility in the Virgin Islands: An Introduction to a Microstate Study.
Johnson, Donald H., Jr.
This paper discusses a survey undertaken in 1981 to investigate the influence of education on occupational realities and expectations of high school graduates in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The specific focus of the survey was on the effect of high school graduation on the young indigenous population's mobility expectations, pursuit of higher education, job aspirations, and job opportunities in the Virgin Islands and elsewhere. The hypothesis was that expanded educational facilities and access tend to increase expectations without providing occupational opportunities to satisfy those expectations. The sample consisted of all Virgin Islands high school seniors on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John in May, 1981. Of the 961 questionnaires returned, 945 were valid. Initial analysis of the questionnaires indicated several patterns of mobility, including that students sent abroad (generally to the United States or Great Britain) probably would not return to serve the Virgin Islands as their occupational possibilities were greater elsewhere, students educated at schools and colleges in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean in programs designed specifically to meet local needs were likely to seek and find work in the Virgin Islands, and people with a broad education often felt alienated from their peers. The conclusion is that the net effect of higher education is more a negative than a positive factor in the development of a microstate such as the Virgin Islands. Additional research is suggested to determine the roles played by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, and academic achievement in the outward mobility of students in the Virgin Islands. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virgin Islands
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Studies Association Conference (6th, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, May 26-30, 1981).