ERIC Number: ED228014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
"...Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief:" The Educational and Occupational Aspirations, Plans, and Preferences of Eskimo Students on the Lower Yukon. ISER Research Note.
McDiarmid, G. Williamson; Kleinfeld, Judith S.
A 1980 survey of 323 Yup'ik Eskimo high school students in the Lower Yukon region and 117 white high school students in Fairbanks (Alaska) examined their educational and occupational aspirations and preferences. Students were asked what types of jobs they saw as desirable, what their occupational and educational aspirations were, and what types of rewards they wanted from work. There were no significant differences between Eskimo and white samples in aspirations for post-secondary education. There were differences between Eskimo and white subjects in patterns they followed in pursuing higher education; nearly 1/3 of the Eskimo sample planned to spend time in their home villages before going to college while white students preferred to go straight to college. Both groups chose professional occupations as the "best" kinds of jobs and unskilled, blue-collar occupations as the least desirable. Eskimo subjects were just as likely to want permanent, year-round, full-time jobs as were urban whites. The assumption that Eskimo students are less interested in a college education or in preparing for professional, technical, or managerial careers was not supported. While there seemed to be differences in the kinds of rewards rural Eskimo and urban white students seek from jobs, similarities clearly outweighed differences. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.