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ERIC Number: ED230240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Educational and Occupational Orientations of Young Hispanic Women in the Brownsville, Texas, Area.
Chahin, Jaime
A survey was conducted in Brownsville, Texas, to identify the educational and occupational aspirations and expectations of Hispanic females and to determine whether these expectations and aspirations differed from those of the dominant culture. Survey instruments were distributed to all senior females (N=853) in local high schools, requesting information on personal characteristics, family background, occupational and educational goals and perceived influences on attainment of these goals. Study findings, based on an 85% response rate, included the following: (1) 87% of the respondents were of Hispanic origin; (2) 70% expected to enter relatively high-status occupations, with the most frequently cited careers in the teaching and protective services areas; (3) the majority of the respondents were aware that factors such as finances and job scarcity could affect their opportunity to get a job; (4) 60% aspired and expected to obtain some type of postsecondary education; and (5) the survey results confirmed that Hispanic females were success oriented. Based on the findings, it was recommended that career education programs be designed to fit students' needs; that parents be increasingly involved with youth in determining their career lines and educational needs; and that educational and government policy makers reassess their operating assumptions about what Hispanic women need and want. A review of the literature concerning the status projections of Hispanic youth is included. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (Brownsville)