ERIC Number: ED125798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Orientations of Choctaw Indian High School Students in Mississippi.
Spencer, Barbara G.
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors (N=133) in the Bureau of Indian Affairs high school on the Mississippi Choctaw reservation were surveyed for purposes of testing the following hypotheses: (1) the Choctaw subsociety will differ from the larger society in its evaluation of the relative status positions of occupations; (2) the Choctaw youth will aspire to and expect occupations available on or near the reservation; (3) Choctaw youth will aspire to and expect employment by government agencies rather than private business; (4) Choctaw youth will aspire to and expect to live on or near the reservation. In order to accurately and fairly assess the youth's occupational projections, an independent study of the prestige assigned to occupations by Choctaws was conducted. An analysis of variance test indicated that the resulting Choctaw Occupational Prestige Index varied significantly from the Duncan Socioeconomic Status Index. Occupations which were given higher statuses on the Choctaw Index were: teacher; secretary; nurse; automobile mechanic; medical or dental technician; and member of the armed forces. Occupations aspired to or expected were largely limited to those visible on or near the reservation. Findings indicated 50% of the group deflected from their occupational aspirations; 50% aspired to leave the reservation; and the majority expected government employment. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Career Awareness, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Differences, Employment, Expectation, Federal Government, High School Students, Hypothesis Testing, Majority Attitudes, Masters Theses, Occupational Aspiration, Rural Areas, Status, Surveys
Inter-Library Loan, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi