ERIC Number: ED317352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Ohio Rural and Urban Twelfth-Grade Students.
McCracken, J. David; Barcinas, Jeff David T.
Place of residence or location of school, in terms of rural or urban, have been considered to be related to students' educational and occupational aspirations in many studies. Results of this study indicate that urban students had higher educational and occupational aspirations than rural students; however, rural schools seemed to emphasize preparation for college attendance more than urban schools. Most rural students planned on entering urban occupations. A large number of both rural and urban students planned to major in business. A majority of urban students' parents were in business-related occupations, a background variable that may have influenced students' career choices. However, the majority of rural students' parents were in lower-status occupations. Parents of both groups also had a significant influence of childrens' educational and occupational aspirations. Rural students had realistic expectations about starting salaries and occupational opportunities. Both groups of students seemed confident about their ability to realize their aspirations. Results suggest that parents need to be informed about career opportunities and to be constantly involved in the educational process. This paper contains 18 references. (Author/DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio