ERIC Number: ED472372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Differential Behavioral Work Styles of African American Students With and Without Learning Disabilities.
Bright, Tony Dale
The impact of learning disabilities (LD) on behavioral work styles was examined by studying 32 African American high school students (with and without disabilities) enrolled in a career and technical education skills center. Also examined were the relationships between behavioral work styles and these two dependent variables: (1) student's perception of parental involvement in career-related activities and (2) students' socioeconomic status. The following data collection activities/instruments were used: a behavioral analysis assessment; a questionnaire examining student's perception of parental involvement (PPI) in career-related activities; an assessment of students' socioeconomic status (SES); interviews and classroom observations of eight randomly selected students; and a review of students' school records. The following were among the key findings: (1) a majority of the LD students (52%) were classified in the steadiness dimension (students feel less powerful than their environment) versus 33% of the non-LD students; (2) 24% of the LD students were classified in the dominance dimension (students feel more powerful than their environment), as opposed to 40% of non-LD students; (3) students classified in the dominance dimension had the highest PPI scores, whereas students classified in the steadiness dimension had the lowest PPI scores; and (4) 63% of students of low to low-middle SES were classified in the dominance dimension, whereas 54 percent of students of middle to high SES were classified in the dominance dimension. (Twenty-three tables/figures/charts are included. The following items are appended: definitions; consent letters; questionnaires; interview scenarios; behavioral dimension interpretation guide; case study review sheet; observation and interview data grid; data triangulation table; and case study outline. The bibliography lists 279 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Behavior, Black Students, Career Development, Cognitive Style, Comparative Analysis, Definitions, High School Students, High Schools, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Job Performance, Learning Disabilities, Literature Reviews, Parent Participation, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Records (Forms), Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Socioeconomic Status, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Vocational Maturity, White Students, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.msu.edu/~brightto/.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A