ERIC Number: ED040461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Social Ambitions of Negro Boys and Girls from a Metropolitan Ghetto.
Kuvlesky, William P.; And Others
While many speculative statements exist to indicate that aspirations of metropolitan Negro youth are high, little empirical evidence exists to document this thesis. This report provides findings from an analysis of the frames of aspirational reference of 281 sophomores from an all-Negro high school located in a low income ward of Houston, Texas. Robert Merton's idea of "frame of aspirational reference" was operationalized to include indicators of goal level for occupation, income, education, and place of residence and an indicator of hierarchial goal importance. It was hypothesized that the male and female respondents would demonstrate similarly high level frames of aspirational reference. It was concluded from the findings that the boys and girls studied did maintain a consistently high level frame of reference. In addition it was observed that very few of the respondents had low level aspirations and that boys and girls maintained identical hierarchies of goal importance. Pertaining to sex differences, it was observed that boys tended to hold slightly higher educational and income goals to demonstrate a higher level of consistency across goal levels in their frame of reference. Relevant implications were drawn. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station.