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ERIC Number: ED102338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: 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