ERIC Number: ED102338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Interest Inventory of 160 Rural Students in Grades 1 through 8.
Smith, Genevieve D.
As part of the Federally sponsored School Program Advancing Career Education (SPACE) in the schools of Greeneville and Greene County, Tennessee, a student interest inventory was conducted to aid in assessing a 45 percent dropout rate in the county. A 25-statement questionnaire (concerning occupational/career interests, communication skills, and work attitudes) was administered to 320 students in one rural elementary school, grades 1-8. A random sampling, equally representing all grade levels and both sexes, of 160 children was used. Some interpretations of the interest inventory responses were that girls and boys in grades 1-8 enjoy building things, working with their hands, engaging in activities involving other people, listening to music, and drawing. A majority of the girls and boys had career aspirations, desired to attend college, visualized themselves in a variety of careers, and had positive work attitudes. The girls in the study visualized themselves as capable of entering previously designated male-oriented careers. Girls also showed more enthusiasm about reading and writing, a more positive attitude toward arithmetic, and a greater liking for school than their male peers. The author offers recommendations based on the study that pertain to curriculum, career information, career exploration, and teaching activities. (EA)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Education, Communication Skills, Dropouts, Elementary School Students, Females, Junior High School Students, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Clusters, Questionnaires, Rural Youth, Student Interests, Vocational Interests, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Greeneville City Schools, TN.; Greene County Schools, Greeneville, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III