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ERIC Number: ED144849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Pages: 115
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Work Values of University Students: An Analysis by Ethnic Groups and Sex.
LaFitte, Pat Chew
The master's thesis discusses values orientation and career choice of male and female non-Anglo American college students. A review of sociological literature related to value schemes of Black Americans, Mexican Americans, and Oriental Americans revealed that previous research is based almost entirely upon inferences made from studies relating career patterns to academic majors. In order to establish work values schemes more directly, a study at the University of Texas randomly surveyed 148 students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Students rated 45 work values on a scale from "important" to "unimportant" and answered 11 queries about their personal and ethnic backgrounds and career goals. Findings indicated that, although values related to life-style, achievement, creativity, and economic returns were emphasized by all students, there were differences in work values by sex and ethnic groups. Whereas female students tended to stress altruism and supervisory relationships, males valued independence, economic returns, and intellectual stimulation. Black-Americans valued economic returns considerably more than all other groups and Mexican Americans valued security second only to way of life. Oriental students scored significantly lower on all scales than did the other groups, indicating that they demand less values fulfillment from their work. Questionnaires, tables of analyses, and a bibliography are appended. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Master's Thesis, University of Texas at Austin