ERIC Number: ED043371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Social Class and Parents' Aspirations for Their Children. Research Report No. 3 (Revised).
Rodman, Hyman; Voydanoff, Patricia
In contrast to previous research, this study assumes a range of aspirations for individuals, rather than a single level. The basic hypothesis is that social class is related to the width of the range; that is, the lower the social class level the wider the range of aspiration. Interviews were conducted with parents of 255 Negro kindergarten and pre-school children, representing both lower class and middle class backgrounds. The criterion for selection as lower class was that neither parent had gone beyond high school in his education; for middle class, that both parents had finished high school and at least one parent had gone beyond high school. The hypothesis was supported for both educational and occupational aspirations, using a variety of operational measures. To the extent that lower class parents have a wider range of aspirations, with a peak as high as the middle class peak, there is a built-in potential for mobility. To encourage mobility it is important to provide opportunities and to establish a conviction of their attainability. This document is an expanded version of ED 030 482. (Author/NH)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Head Start Evaluation and Research Center.; Merrill-Palmer Inst., Detroit, MI.