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ERIC Number: ED159332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Significant Other Influence and Career Decisions: Volume I. Black and White Male Urban Youth. Research and Development Series No. 107.
Curry, Evans W.; And Others
A study examined the process by which parents and other individuals influence the educational and occupational plans of male high school sophomores. (A companion document, CE 016 578, reports similar findings for female high school sophomores.) Two causal models were studied: the first model employed as a measure of significant other influence the perceived encouragement toward advanced education (i.e. college) from parents and teachers, and the second model used the achievement expectations held for a student by individuals named by that student as significant others. Data were collected from a sample of 247 subjects, the subjects' parents, and individuals identified by the subjects as having been influential in affecting their educational and occupational career plans. The major findings were as follow: (1) both black and white youth identified similar numbers of significant others for their career decisions, and those listed tended to be of the same race as the respondents; (2) familial network provided the majority of significant others for both groups; and (3) extended family members were generally of greater importance for blacks than whites. Through statistical analysis of the data, a model (with variations) of career decision making was developed which has implications for career guidance. The researchers concluded that the "disaggregated objective significant other influence model" represented the optimum explanation of the formation of career plans in terms of the data analyzed, and implications for theory and measurement were presented according to the findings of this model. (Detailed descriptions of the sample, statistical analyses, and instrumentation are appended.) (BM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Career Choice, Career Planning, Decision Making, Educational Planning, Family Influence, Grade 10, Males, Models, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Influence, Racial Differences, Racial Factors, Role Models, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Teacher Influence, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Not available in hard copy because of faint print; For a related document see CE 016 578