ERIC Number: ED351450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Adult Education and Inequality.
Huang, Judy; Cervero, Ronald M.
A study that compared occupational attainment before and after adult education shows that economic background and participation in education as an adult does not help blacks attain better jobs as much as it helps whites. Thus, the occupational attainment of blacks is not significantly related to their participation in education after age 25. The study described relationships among these variables, based on 4,900 observations with complete information: social background (educational background as represented by parents' educational levels and economic background as represented by father's occupation and family income), educational aspiration, formal schooling achievement at age 25, education after age 25, and occupational attainment at age 32. The observations were available from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS). About 12,980 individuals participated in all 6 surveys of the NLS. The study also found that for both blacks and whites, the effects of educational background on economic background and educational aspiration; of educational aspiration on educational attainment at age 25; and of educational attainment at age 25 on occupational attainment were all significant. That was true no matter what school (vocational or business training school; community college; university; or law, dentistry, or other professional schools) the subjects attended. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Black Achievement, Blacks, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Background, Educational Benefits, Educational Status Comparison, Employment Opportunities, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Outcomes of Education, Socioeconomic Influences, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972