ERIC Number: ED288164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Factors Influencing Career Aspirations of Primary and Secondary Grade Students.
Canale, Joseph R.; Dunlap, Linda L.
Many studies have examined factors influencing the career aspirations of high school students, but little has been done to explore this issue with primary school students. This study investigated factors that might influence the career aspirations of children across a broad age spectrum. Students (N=150) from grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 completed questionnaires which assessed their job aspirations, their reasons for wanting a particular job, and their expectations for achieving their career goal. Subjects also completed the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. Parents of the students completed questionnaires on their aspirations and expectations for their child's career goals and provided information on their own occupation, income level, and education level. Regression analyses were employed to correlate variables with one another. Analyses revealed four variables as significant predictors of the subjects' job aspirations: sex of the student, parent's job aspiration for the student, family income level, and mother's occupation. Student self-concept did not significantly predict job aspirations for all subjects. Analyses of each age and sex separately indicated varied and interesting patterns of results. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (58th, Arlington, VA, April 9-12, 1987).