ERIC Number: ED218020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Louisiana Rural High School Students: A Comparative Study.
Ohlendorf, George W.; Rafferty, Donna M.
The study contributed to further understanding of the educational and occupational aspirations of Louisiana rural seniors during 1968 and 1972 and of rural seniors from throughout the United States and the South in 1972. Of the variables used, i.e., time, location, sex, and race, two variables were significant on levels of aspiration time and location. Educational and occupational aspirations of the 1972 Louisiana rural seniors decreased in comparison to those of 1968. Educational aspirations of 1972 rural seniors from Louisiana were significantly lower than those of both southern region and U.S. rural seniors. In each instance, marginals showed that these differences for Louisiana rural seniors in 1972 occurred throughout the range of each respective aspirational variable and were not confined to any single or dual categories. Educational aspirations were affected more by time and geographic location than occupational aspirations and rural white females from Louisiana consistently had higher occupational aspirations than all other students. Conclusions point to the possiblity that both communication and counseling efforts for rural youth have fallen short. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) summary tables provide information on six aspiration variables. Appended are excerpts from the research instrument and an overview of the ANOVA measurement technique. (Author/AH)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Analysis of Variance, Black Students, Comparative Analysis, Females, Geographic Location, High School Students, High Schools, Males, National Surveys, Occupational Aspiration, Rural Youth, Sex, State Surveys, Time, White Students
Dept. of Rural Sociology, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5411.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972