ERIC Number: ED107386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Goals of Northeast Alabama High School Seniors: An Historical Comparison.
Dunkelberger, J. E.; Stuart, Nina G.
Using questionnaire derived-data from randomly selected Northeast Alabama high schools, an historical comparison was made of the educational goals of 924 seniors in 1966 (19 schools) and 918 seniors in 1972 (15 of the same schools). Differences in the status projections of 1966 youth (438 males and 486 females) and their 1972 counterparts (470 males and 448 females) were made on the basis of sex. Research objectives were to determine: (1) the nature and extent of patterns of change relative to educational status goals and (2) the influence of place of residence on change in educational status orientations. Compared by year, the educational orientations of male and female respondents were tabulated for five orientation dimensions (aspiration, expectation, goal deflection, intensity of aspiration, and certainty of expectation) and for the same dimensions with reference to place of residence. Findings indicated that between 1966 and 1972: educational aspirations had significantly declined; the value placed on education had substantially declined; the certainty of achievement of educational expectations had lessened; the 1972 male respondents had experienced less incongruence between their educational aspirations and expectations than had 1972 females; and the downward change had persisted regardless of residence type. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama