ERIC Number: ED072878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
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Educational and Occupational Aspirations and Expectations of Rural Youth.
Slocum, Walter L.; Garrett, Gerald R.
Some of the more significant responses to a questionnaire on educational and occupational aspirations and expectations which was administered to a statewide sample of sophomores, juniors, and seniors in 30 rural high schools by the Department of Rural Sociology at Washington State University were presented in this report. A principal objective of the research project was to ascertain the nature and extent of influence of school factors on educational and occupational aspirations and expectations of farm boys and girls. The study focused on factors over which the school has some control. The findings indicated that roughly 98% desired to graduate from high school and 70% aspired to go to college, that over 1/4 expected to begin their education at the junior college level, that over 2/3 of the college-bound boys and girls had definite expectations as to what major field of study they would follow at college, that only 7.8% of the sample expressed satisfaction with their high school's present curriculum in vocational training courses, and that only 5.8% of the boys and 6.6% of the girls indicated their high school counselor to be among the most helpful sources occupational information. It was concluded that with regard to a student's occupational and educational aspirations and expectations, school experiences are likely to be among the more significant and influential ones that an individual encounters. (HBC)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Dept. of Rural Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: Washington