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Title:The Educational and Occupational Aspirations and Expectations of Black Urban High School Youth
Author(s):Klar, Harry
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:Purpose. The purpose of this study was to investigate the educational and occupational aspirations and expectations of black inner city students enrolled in a vocational high school. Analyses were made for differences by class, sex, GPA, SES level, and helpfulness of the school in reaching the students' goals. This investigation attempted to determine if there were relationships among the students' aspirations and expectations, the reality of these reported choices, and the role of the vocational school in facilitating these choices.
Findings. Females had significantly higher expectations than males and both males and females expected significantly higher levels of education and occupations than their parents. The majority of these students expected to obtain relatively high levels of education and high levels of occupational positions regardless of their academic performance in high school and did not see a relationship between their current academic performance and opportunities in the future. Based on the various analyses in this study the expectations of these students appear to be unrealistic.
Even though these students were enrolled in a vocational high school, the great majority of them had no interest in the vocational programs offered or becoming employed in the occupational fields offered by this school. The counselors and other activities offered within this school gave significant encouragement to the students to go to college as opposed to becoming qualified for or seeking employment in the technical areas where employment has been available to graduates of this school in the past. The programs offered by this school were inconsistent with the interests and desires of the students and many of the faculty, consequently, the quality of the vocational programs offered had deteriorated.
Conclusions. The data indicate that the prevailing attitude in this urban vocational high school was oriented toward the white collar and professional occupations as ideals and emphasized college attendance as the way to opportunities for its black students. The students for the most part did not accept skilled and technical jobs as a short range goal and for further job opportunities even though they may actually provide opportunities for them.
Issue Date:1982
Description:342 p.
Thesis (Educat.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8302909
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1982

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