ERIC Number: ED105248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Career Objectives of Wyoming Secondary Students Compared with Parental Occupations.
The study was conducted to determine the influence of current parental occupations upon the career objectives of secondary students in Wyoming, including variables related to sex and to mother's employment. The study also sought to delineate the career clusters in which there was scant parental occupation and few students' career objectives, to provide guidelines for career education personnel. Among 18 conclusions (based on a survey of 1,462 students in 19 high schools) are these: boys' career objectives identify more with their fathers' occupations than girls' with mothers'; few girls state "housewife" as their career goal, but often their goals are "traditionally female" (nursing, teaching); there is no significant relationship between girls' declared career objectives and whether their mothers work outside the home, nor does the mother's occupation seem to have any influence on her daughter's career choice. Eighty-eight percent of students not planning post-secondary education have no idea what type of job they will seek. Recommendations based on these and other conclusions stress making students aware of all the opportunities available, of total life styles related to various job classifications, and of life style choices for women. All students should be provided entry level skills applicable in various clusters. (AJ)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Employed Women, Females, Goal Orientation, High School Students, Information Needs, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Parents, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Statistical Studies, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.