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ERIC Number: ED140336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 220
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Work Content and Attitudes toward Work in Eighth Grade Literature Anthologies.
Kaiser, Marjorie Myrna
The purpose of this study was to determine whether widely used eighth-grade literature anthologies contained sufficient selections of appropriate content to facilitate the integration of career education and literature study in the eighth-grade English program. Three aspects of the anthologized selections were analyzed: manifest work content, including the kind of work performed, the kind of character performing it, and its career cluster classification; the character's attitude toward work and toward the possibility of occupational choice; and the degree of reinforcement of ten selected career education concepts. Kinds of leisure activities portrayed were also noted. Analysis of the data indicated that the median proportion of selections in all the anthologies treating work was 42%. The anthologies as a group emphasized legal, realistic work as well as leisure activities. Attitudes toward work were positive, and the characters saw many values in work. The fifteen career clusters were generally evenly distributed. On the negative side, males and Caucasians dominated the work selections, affirming attitudes toward occupational choice were scarce, and six of the ten selected career education concepts were not upheld by even 50% of the selections in any anthology. (Author/GW)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University