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Title:A Study of Cherokee and White Eighth Grade Student Career Development: Sex, Self-Concept and Attribution (Oklahoma)
Author(s):Anderson, Gregory Robert
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:This study examined relationships between personality variables (self-concept and attribution of success), demographics (sex and ethnicity: Cherokee or white), and level of career development utilizing the model proposed by Crites. The subjects for this study were 48 students in the eighth grade in four rural Northeast Oklahoma elementary schools with a high concentration of Cherokee students. The measures utilized in the assessment of career development were: Planning Career Goals and the Career Maturity Inventory. In the assessment of personality the measures were: the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale and a variation of the attribution scale developed by Farmer, Maehr and Rooney. The analyses to test the hypotheses were primarily correlations, multiple regression analyses, and discriminant analyses.
Native Americans performed significantly less well on Realism of Career Development and choice competencies: Self-Appraisal and Occupational Information. No significant ethnic differences were found on the personality variables: self-concept and attribution to ability/work. Females were significantly higher on choice attitudes and significantly lower on ability/work attributions of success. Attribution of success was not significantly related to career development, however, self-concept was significantly related to self-appraisal (one of the scales of choice competencies) and choice attitudes. Further findings were addressed in the results section.
Whites tended to perform better than Native Americans on measures of career development due to the latter's cultural and career related experiences and greater isolation. As in former studies, white females appeared to perform slightly better on the Career Maturity Inventory scales, it appeared that self-concept may have had significant relationships with the Career Maturity Inventory scales through the intervening variable of social desirability. Also as found in other studies, females from both groups were far lower in attribution of success to ability/work compared to males. This appeared to be due to patterns of sex-role socialization experienced by females. The difference was most pronounced for Native American females.
Issue Date:1983
Description:128 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8324503
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1983

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