ERIC Number: ED107742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Social Structures, Ideologies, and Culture Codes in Occupational Development of Puerto Rican Youths. Volume 1 of Final Report, Anthropological Study of Disability From Educational Problems of Puerto Rican Youths.
Burnett, Jacquetta Hill
The question of how educational failures lead to or contribute to occupational disability was studied in a youthful Puerto Rican population in an economically poor neighborhood and school district of Chicago. Anthropological field research techniques, supplemented by scheduled interviews and questionnaires, were used to collect qualitative and quantitative data over a two year period, from an original sample of 30 youths, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, their parents, and their teachers. Quantitative data from youths and parents were analyzed by ethnicity and two categories of length-of-residence on the mainland (non-Puerto Rican families; long-term Puerto Rican families, or short-term Puerto Rican families). Results are stated to show that the Puerto Rican population in this low-income sector contains a probably substantial population of high achievement oriented and upwardly mobile families, as well as Puerto Ricans approximating characteristics commonly used to describe the whole Puerto Rican population. The report concludes, that, in general, lack of motivation or desire seemed not to be the key to the development of educational and career-entry disabilities observed in youths in the area, but rather a lack of several optional means of reaching educational and occupational goals when problems blocked progress. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Acculturation, Achievement Need, Career Choice, Cultural Influences, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Anthropology, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Employment Problems, Field Studies, Puerto Ricans, Social Mobility, Urban Youth
Bureau of Educational Research, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (Price not quoted)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Demonstration Grants.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Bureau of Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Illinois (Chicago)