ERIC Number: ED022909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Advantaged and Disadvantaged Rural High School Girls' Perceptions of Office Work.
Masterson, Albert C.
A questionnaire of 50 items covering five categories of statements designed to determine their perceptions of office work was administered to 498 advantaged and 477 disadvantaged rural high school girls in six states, and to 326 city office employees throughout the United States who had attended a rural high school no more than three years prior to the study. Comparisons were made between advantaged and disadvantaged students, advantaged students and office employees, and disadvantaged students and office employees. Additional comparisons were made within and between cultural groups on the basis of interest in office work, typewriting experience, grade averages, and grade level. Highly significant differences on almost all items were noted when the students and office employees were compared; however, the advantaged students did not differ significantly in any of the categories with the disadvantaged students. Few significant differences were detected between cultural groups on the basis of interest, typewriting experience, grade averages and grade level; neither the advantaged nor the disadvantaged student appeared to understand office work. Recommendations were that resource people be brought to the rural classroom that teachers return to the office for work experience, that field trips be made, and that a library of office occupational information be available to students and teachers. (MM)
Descriptors: Advantaged, Clerical Workers, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Disadvantaged, Employee Attitudes, Ethnic Groups, Females, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, Office Occupations, Office Occupations Education, Questionnaires, Role Perception, Rural Youth, Student Attitudes, Students, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.