ERIC Number: ED097987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Rural Family Life Style and Sons' School Achievement.
Mueller, B. Jeanne
This study was designed: (1) to examine in depth family-related variables in 30 rural working-class families in order to determine whether there are certain life-style differences between those whose sons achieve at or above grade level and those whose sons' achievements fall below grade level; and (2) to gather information on how early boys begin to formulate realistic notions about future career goals. Data were collected from school records, teacher ratings, and family interviews. Each mother completed Rotter's scale of internal vs. external locus of control, each father, Rehberg's Mobility Attitudes Scale and a short open-ended questionnaire on attitudes toward work. Both parents and son were given an additional structured questionnaire. Results indicate a consensus on values related to parenting styles, desirable attributes for preadolescent sons, and expectations and aspirations for educational and occupational attainments. Actual characteristics of the sons whose school achievements fell below grade level differed from those whose achievements were average or better. Parents are often unaware of the influence they have on their sons' educational and occupational goals and lack of information for effective vocational guidance. Parent education for educational and vocational planning should begin as early as seventh grade. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Community Service Education.