ERIC Number: ED242937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum and Aspirations as Elements of Transition Patterns between Schooling and Work.
Campbell, Paul B.
A study focused on determination of the tenability of competing hypotheses about the effect of curriculum pathway in high school upon occupational aspirations. Data were provided by a sample of respondents in the National Longitudinal Survey of Labor Market Experience--New Youth Cohort (NLS Youth), supplemented by their high school transcripts. The variables that were considered were suggested by three theoretical positions that offer competing explanations of the aggregate individual behaviors relating to curriculum and aspirations for further education and occupational status: human capital theory, status attainment theory, and dual economy theory. Several regression models were estimated, using different definitions of the dependent variables. Overall changes in average levels of expectations and aspirations were computed and evaluated. Results suggested that the educational and occupational aspirations may be relatively stable in a broad sense by high school. The results were reasonably consistent with a human capital explanation, did not consistently support the status attainment point of view, and did not suggest the high school as a dual labor market channeling mechanism. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Curriculum Choice; Dual Economy Theory; Economic Theory; Human Capital Theory; Status Attainment Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).