ERIC Number: ED096025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Projections of Southern Appalachian Youth: High School Seniors in Northeast Alabama, 1966-1972.
Stuart, Nina G.; Dunkelberger, J. E.
Historical changes reflected in the educational goals of black and white high school seniors in 1966 and 1972 were compared. The five orientation dimensions studied were aspiration, expectation, goal deflection, goal certainty, and goal intensity. Data were collected in the four contiguous Northeast Alabama counties of Cherokee, DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall. These counties, which corresponded most closely to traditional Appalachia, were mountainous, predominantly rural, and characterized by low incomes and poor living conditions. In 1966, the sample consisted of 924 students in 19 high schools. In 1972, 918 students in 15 of the original 19 schools comprised the sample. Questionnaires were group administered to all seniors. Among the findings were: (1) educational aspirations of black and white boys were generally lower in 1972; (2) educational expectation levels of boys were generally lower in 1972 while female expectations were not; (3) rates of anticipatory goal deflection did not change greatly from 1966 to 1972; and (4) black boys and girls revealed more certainty about achieving their expected goal in 1972. Findings indicated that Northeast Alabama youth showed a rather consistent trend toward a lowering of their educational goals and a weaker value for education. Future historical comparisons were recommended to determine whether these changes represent merely a short-term trend or are more indicative of a long-term shift in societal values. The findings are presented in separate tables by sex for each of the five orientation dimensions. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama