ERIC Number: ED263818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Educational and Occupational Aspirations and Early Attainment of Black Males and Females.
Epps, Edgar G.; Jackson, Kenneth W.
The effects of school factors on occupational attainment of black students were studied based on data from the 1972 National Longitudinal Study (NLS) and its 1980 followup and the 1980 High School and Beyond (HSB) study and its 1982 followup. The sample sizes were as follows: 319 NLS females, 167 NLS males, 324 HSB females, and 259 HSB males. Socioeconomic status was measured by father's and mother's education and occupations, and parental income. Ability was measured by reading, vocabulary, and mathematics tests. School-related variables included grades, courses, and high school study program. Student views of who influenced their plans after high school (social-psychological factors) were also determined, along with their educational and occupational aspirations. Educational attainment was measured by years in vocational or trade school, highest level of college, and kind of degree earned. Occupational attainment was measured by the job held by the NLS respondents. It was concluded that the combination of background, social-psychological, and school factors was not very useful for understanding the black students' occupational attainment. It is suggested that structural variables, such as racial discrimination and labor market segmentation, play a strong role in determining the occupations available to blacks. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Black Students, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Experience, Enrollment Influences, Family Income, Females, High School Graduates, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Parent Background, Racial Discrimination, Sex Differences, Significant Others
Southern Education Foundation, 340 W. Peachtree Street, N.W., Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30308 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972