ERIC Number: ED041692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Recent Research on Occupational and Educational Ambitions of Disadvantaged Rural Youth for Vocational Education.
Kuvlesky, William P.
The paper represents a continuing effort at correcting misleading myths about the aspirations and expectations of disadvantaged rural youth. Useless or harmful policies and programs may result from the following erroneous assumptions: (1) that rural youth have low level aspirations for attainment; (2) that disadvantaged youth have low level achievement aspirations; (3) that aspirations and expectations become more realistic with time; (4) that aspirations importantly influence actual status attainment. Early evidence on the dynamics of aspirations and expectations is limited to a very narrow age range, and almost nothing exists to demonstrate how these phenomena change through early adulthood and later in life. The important conclusion that can be reached from existing research on status projections of rural youth is that they are projecting, for the most part, a middle-class life style. Most disadvantaged rural youth desire and expect a college education, white-collar jobs, and high prestige. ED 029 748 and ED 034 632 provide comprehensive suggestions for improving counseling and vocational opportunities for rural youth. (EJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.; Division of Vocational and Technical Education, BAVT.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Center for Occupational Education.
Note: Paper presented at "Institute 4: Expanding Vocational Education Curriculums to Meet the Needs of Disadvantaged Youth and Adults in Rural Areas" (Mississippi State University, July, 1970)