ERIC Number: ED107406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Aspirations, Expectations, and Attitudes of South Carolina High School Students.
Boyd, Virlyn A.
Forty-two representative South Carolina high schools were surveyed via similar, group administered questionnaires in 1966-67 (5,400 sophomore students) and again in 1969-69 (4,376 senior students) to determine: (1) the aspirations and expectations of South Carolina youth with regard to occupation, education, marriage and family size, future residence, military service, and related items; (2) differences in these aspirations between students classified by color and sex, by size of school, and by type of school guidance program; and (3) changes in these aspirations and expectations between the sophomore and senior year (3,497 paired responses). Results revealed: (1) great disparity between expressed occupational aspirations and actual employment opportunities; (2) generally high educational aspirations with those of the nonwhite students being somewhat lower and more technically oriented; (3) a high student regard for marriage (93.7 percent desired marriage; 43.1 percent of the males did not want their future wives to work; and only 7.2 percent of the females expressed a desire to work); (4) high urban aspirations (50 percent wanted to live in the city, and more nonwhites than whites wished to live in the city); and (5) slightly more than 1/3 of the senior students had never consulted a guidance counselor, while 1 in 5 of the white students and 2 in 5 of the nonwhite students had found counselors to be very helpful. (JC)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Attitude Change, Blacks, Career Choice, Education, Expectation, Family Planning, Females, Grade 10, Grade 12, Guidance Programs, High School Students, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Marriage, Military Service, Racial Differences, Residential Patterns, School Size, Sex Differences, Tables (Data), Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC. Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.; South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, Clemson.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina