ERIC Number: ED290869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Vocational Expectancies of Low Income Groups: General Trends and Some Considerations for Improvement.
Turker, A. Vural
This paper furnishes some general information on various characteristics of low income groups, presents a lengthy discussion of their vocational expectations and characteristics, and points out a number of ways to assist economically disadvantaged groups to improve their educational and vocational aspirations and their employment outlook. The paper reviews low income, social and cultural disadvantagement, and economic depression as factors often considered as descriptive of poverty. Some characteristics of low income groups include lower IQs in children, more restricted language usage and language patterns different from the middle class, attitudinal characteristics such as separation from the institutions and values of society and unstable families, and lower academic aspirations. Because they have not been exposed to alternatives, the vocational aspirations of low income children are limited to lower-paying positions. They regard school as a means of earning money in the near future, not in the long term. Low-income groups can be helped to expand their occupational horizons by career development services that provide career exploration and education, more effective transition from school to work, and placement and followup services. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Vocational Education and Training Association Conference (Dallas, TX, December 5-9, 1986).