ERIC Number: ED351566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Factors That Influence the Academic and Vocational Development of African American and Latino Youth.
Griggs, Mildred Barnes; And Others
A project investigated the factors that influence the academic and vocational development of African-American and Hispanic youth. Data were collected via a questionnaire and structured interviews from 36 college juniors and seniors. Twenty-eight were female, of whom 18 were African-American and 10 were Latino. Six Latino and two African-American males also participated. All subjects earned above average grades, aspired to earn at least a bachelor's degree, and had made a vocational decision. The study identified six influences: (1) participants had a high level of internal control over their vocational choices; (2) participants were confident of their academic ability, even when that confidence was not matched by performance; (3) many had a special personal and academic relationship with a teacher in their high school; (4) most made their vocational choice by middle school or junior high; (5) their models for vocational choices were real as well as fictional people in the media, especially television; and (6) parental influence (considered by most to have had the major role in their development) was through modeling a work ethic, being generally supportive, and communicating expectations for achievement. Participants suggested that their peers who had less well-developed vocational plans and aspirations could be helped by the following: (1) teachers who have higher expectations; (2) more academic and vocational counseling; (3) more courses relevant to their needs, interests, and backgrounds; and (4) more racial, ethnic, and same-sex role models in work settings and instructional materials. (Contains 15 references.) (CML)
Descriptors: Black Achievement, Black Attitudes, Black Education, Black Students, Black Youth, Blacks, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Cultural Influences, Education Work Relationship, Enrollment Influences, Goal Orientation, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Junior High Schools, Minority Group Influences, Motivation, Occupational Aspiration, Outcomes of Education, Student Development, Success, Vocational Maturity, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.