ERIC Number: ED062486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-5
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Occupational Aspirations of Black and White Parents for Their Recently Graduated Children.
Dole, Arthur A.
This study was concerned with the extent to which the occupational aspirations of a group of black and white parents were related to the primary educational-vocational activity of their children six months after graduation from secondary school. Occupational aspiration is defined here as the social status level of an occupational title which is presented as a perception, hope, preference, or expectation. Subjects were 143 mothers, fathers, or guardians, and their children who had recently graduated from a senior high school. There were 29 parent informants whose child was a black male, 42 of white males, 31 of black females, and 41 of white females. Each parent was interviewed at home. As a rule, black interviewers were sent to black homes, and white interviewers to white homes. Six months earlier, upon high school graduation, each of the child subjects had completed a parallel questionnaire. Among the findings was that, regardless of race or sex, the child is more likely to start out in college immediately after high school graduation when both the senior and his parents entertain aspirations for a high status occupation. [Due to the quality of the original, part of Exhibit A is not sharply legible.] (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Students, College Attendance, College Bound Students, Field Interviews, High School Graduates, Individual Power, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Attitudes, Parent Influence, Parent Student Relationship, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys, Vocational Interests, White Students
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill., April 5, 1972