ERIC Number: ED070560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Social Psychologies of Blacks and Whites: Different Paths to Educational Achievement Expectations.
Picou, J. Steven; And Others
The objectives of this research were to develop a basic model for the formation of adolescents' educational plans, which incorporated several social psychological factors as intervening variables, and to analyze this model for both black and white adolescents residing in Deep-South rural and urban communities. The methodology employed consisted of a proportionate, stratified, random cluster sample of 3,245 Louisiana high school seniors. The analysis revealed that substantial variations existed by race for the effects of significant other influence, academic performance, and academic achievement orientation. Academic performance was found to have the largest direct effect of all the predictor variables for the educational plans of the black respondents, whereas the most powerful single predictor for the white was significant other influence. These findings and others are discussed with regard to recent causal research in this area, and suggestions for future empirical studies on the social psychological determinants of educational choice are provided. (HBC)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1972