ERIC Number: ED263453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-3
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A Comparison of Adolescent Attitudes of Secondary School Students in Grenada and the United States.
Brandt, Richard M.
The effects of the recently expanded educational services in Grenada have not yet been determined. In 1984 a questionnaire was administered to 729 Grenadian secondary school students to compare their educational and vocational aspirations; attitudes toward family, school, work, and military experience; family backgrounds; subject preferences; study habits; extracurricular activities; and social and political attitudes with those of students from Muncie, Indiana who had completed a similar questionnaire. American students reported a greater number of close friends, while the Grenadians were more likely to have family member confidants. Although Grenadian families tended to be larger than American families, Grenadian mothers and fathers lived apart twice as often as their American counterparts. Compared to American students, Grenadian students reported significantly less agreement with fathers and significantly more agreement with mothers. Both cultures valued parents' spending time with children and respecting their opinions and supported the combination of wife, mother, and career roles for women. Grenadians reported having more school work and reading more books, but reported receiving lower grades than American students. Despite the greater demands, students in Grenada expressed a significantly more positive attitude toward continuing school. Careers in engineering and science appealed most to Grenadian boys and the majority of the students' career choices involved further education. Despite the Grenadians' enthusiasm for continuing education, the opportunities for it are highly limited on the island. Rapid economic changes are needed in Grenada in the areas of agriculture, commerce, and industry. (Twenty-seven data tables are included.) (TW)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Developing Nations, Educational Policy, High School Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Child Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Grenada