ERIC Number: ED211292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Education, Significant Others and Farm-Reared Adolescents.
Hansen, David O.; Ross, Peggy J.
Data from the National Longitudinal Study of High School Seniors (1972) were utilized to examine the effects of school personnel on educational and occupational decisions of farm-reared students. Information was gathered on 10 "significant others" grouped into 5 types: (1) ego--influence of self; (2) family--parents and relatives; (3) friends; (4) educators--guidance counselors, teachers, and principal; and (5) others--clergymen, state employment officers, and "other" adults. Respondents were asked to indicate the degree of influence that each significant other exercised on choice of high school curriculum and post-high school plans. Data indicated that students perceived teachers, guidance counselors, and school principals as having less impact on curriculum and post-high school plans than parents and friends. Family influences were the most salient. Status differences among farm youth did not explain most of the variation in the relatively small influence of school personnel on curriculum choice and future plans. Variations were only weakly predicted by ability. However, some variation by status did appear for specific post-high school activities. Farm youth of higher status backgrounds were more highly encouraged to continue college studies while those of lower status were more highly encouraged to take vocational/technical courses. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Career Choice, Career Counseling, Counselor Client Relationship, Educational Counseling, Family Influence, Longitudinal Studies, Peer Influence, Principals, Rural Education, Rural Youth, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Influence, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Society (Akron, OH, May 1-3, 1980).