ERIC Number: ED089926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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The Disadvantaged Student, Goal Blockage, and the Occupational Aspirations of Southern Youth.
The paper served as a report on research in progress that attempted to evaluate the effects of group disparity on the occupational choice of southern high school students. It focused specifically on the aspiration choices of 8,802 tenth grade students in 4 southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The relative effects of class, race, and residence were investigated. An adaptation of the "backward elimination procedure" was used to select models for analysis. It was found that the proportion of students with high level occupational aspirations in all subclasses was relatively high. Approximately of the students in the more disadvantaged groups had high level aspirations; e.g., of the rural Negro students whose fathers had low level occupations and education, 53% had high level occupational aspirations. There were similar findings for the other disadvantaged groups. It was hypothesized that, as the adolescent begins to consider the means required to obtain his occupational goal, the likelihood of the perception of limiting factors (goal blockage) increased. It was anticipated that students in the lower classes (rural and Negro students) would tend to have lower aspirations. The failure of the Negro students to follow the general pattern of the other disparity groups presented a conceptual problem for the original formulation. (KM)
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Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.