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ERIC Number: ED093555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-25
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Changes in Occupational Aspirations of South Carolina High School Students, 1967-1973.
Boyd, Virlyn A.
Changes in occupational aspirations of South Carolina high school students between 1966-67 and 1972-73 were examined by race and sex. Data were collected as a part of a regional research project involving several Southern States. During 1966-67, all 10th grade students in 42 randomly selected high schools stratified by students' race and size of the 10th grade in 1965-66 were interviewed. Group interviews (either in one group or during English classes) were used, with procedures varying according to physical facilities and school administrators' wishes. During 1972-73, schools were selected from the original sample which would give the best representation of the original. It was found that: (1) aspirations to professional occupations decreased from 43.9 percent in 1967 to 32.2 percent in 1973 among black boys; (2) aspirations to "glamour" occupations increased from 7.9 percent to 18.0 percent among black boys and from 5.9 percent to 18.4 percent among black girls; (3) black and white girls aspiring to high status jobs increased when occupational aspirations were categorized into high (professional and glamour), intermediate (managerial clerical and sales, and skilled), and low (operatives and unskilled); (4) expectation of low status jobs increased among black boys and decreased among white girls; and (5) slight changes were noted in the low level of intensity of job aspirations by all groups, but the number indicating low rankings was very low in all categories. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina