ERIC Number: ED103136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Dynamic of Achievement Attitudes in the South: An Application of the Heise Path Panel Method.
Cosby, Arthur G.; And Others
Recent studies have applied causal models to the formation of educational and occupational attitudes. Although some were conceived and conducted for purposes other than the analysis of status attainment processes, a powerful synthesizing perspective would be to treat them as studies of components of incomplete general attainment models. This study focused on the stability of and the mutual dependency between occupational and educational achievement attitudes. Path analytic techniques for two-variable panel analyses developed by Heise (1970) were combined with data collected in a three-wave panel of nonmetropolitan Southern youth over a 6-year period (1966-72). This modeling technique was applied alternately to occupational aspirations and expectations, educational aspirations and expectations, occupational aspiration level, and educational aspiration level. The same variable observed at each wave was treated as hypothetically different variables. Some findings were: (1) mean aspirations measures at each wave were consistently larger than the corresponding expectational measures; (2) from the statistical perspective of simple prediction, prior levels of achievement attitudes yielded a moderate prediction level of subsequent measures; and (3) post-high school projections were considerably more stable than projections observed during high school. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.