ERIC Number: ED068216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Learning About the Labor Force: Occupational Knowledge Among High School Males.
DeFleur, Lois B.; Menke, Ben A.
Occupational knowledge among high school males from urban and rural areas in eastern Washington was assessed. Over 300 students from a sample of 22 schools were interviewed about occupations present in their region and about job information they had received. Through the use of specially constructed indices (occupational knowledge score, status knowledge scores, salary ranking scores, and salary discrepancy scores), a variety of statistical comparisons were made. The findings indicated little increase in occupational knowledge during the high school years and almost no differences in occupational information possessed by youth from several social class levels. To a limited extent, rural subjects outperformed those from small towns or metropolitan areas of residence. However, occupational awareness did seem to be consistently related to success in school, as was indicated by higher grade point averages. In general, the findings indicated that the formal system of education had done little to insure that the students obtained an adequate understanding of the labor force. It was determined that further systematic studies of occupations should be provided contemporary youth, that the sources from which occupational understandings are drawn should be determined, and that alternative ways for improving the relationship between schools and the labor force must be found. (Author/HBC)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Coll. of Agriculture.