ERIC Number: ED056339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Values, Social Classes and School Communities.
Anderson, William F.; Bosworth, Dorothy
This paper is concerned with the ordering of occupational values for students of different social classes who attend schools with considerable social class distributions. The attempt was to add information about occupational values by providing data about the values held by secondary school age students of 2 school districts, each of which had the same social classes (with the exception of the upper class) but differed significantly in the proportion belonging to the same class. Findings include that in school A, the relatively well to do area, (1) all 6 social classes ranked interesting work as being most important, (2) 4 of the 6 classes ranked security 2nd; the other 2 ranked it 3rd, and (3) independence, benefits, and prestige were ranked as relatively unimportant values. In school B, similar results were evident: (1) 4 of the 5 social classes ranked interesting work first and salary 2nd; the lowest social class reversed the ordering of these 2 values; and (2) the value placed upon independence, prestige, and benefits was consistently low. (TA)
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Authoring Institution: Alfred Univ., NY.; Syracuse Univ., NY.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971