ERIC Number: ED096024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
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Occupational and Educational Expectations of Northern and Southern Youth: A Preliminary Comparison.
Drabick, Lawrence W.
The paper addresses variations in the occupational and educational expectations of high school seniors from two geographic regions of the U.S. It gives particular emphasis to differences in the proportions with high expectations, to the relationships between those proportions and certain personal-social characteristics of the respondents, to respondents' perception of source of influence on occupational and educational decisions, and to respondents' perception of the attitude of their parents toward those decisions. The basic premise of the paper is that factors associated with geographic residency affect the behaviors and perceptions of residents. The contention is that geographic climatic and terrain imperatives, normative patterns associated with ethnic composition of the population, expectation and perceptual sets developing from occupational and religious characteristics, traditions based on differing historical precedents, and similar factors will be reflected in actual behaviors as well as in attitudinal patterns. The 1970 North Carolina sample consisted of somewhat more than 3,000 respondents; that from North Dakota (1973) was a little more than one-third as large. Comparison of the total sample from each State shows that the proportion of the North Dakota sample with high educational and vocational expectation was slightly higher than in North Carolina. The difference was somewhat greater for vocational expectation, but in each case was sufficiently small that one need not attach much meaning to it. Thus, the differences tend to support the contention regarding influence of socially derived consequences of geographic location. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; North Dakota