Educational and career aspirations and expectations of selected Jamaican students

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1974

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This study sought to: (a) identify the educational and career aspirations and expectations of selected Jamaican students, (b) determine whether or not certain socio-economic factors and educational experiences were related to these aspirations and experiences, (c) determine students' perception of the limitations that prohibited them from attaining their aspirations, and (d) determine the nature and extent of assistance students considered necessary to facilitate the attainment of their aspirations. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 567 students selected from a random sample of six grammar high schools, two technical high schools, and two vocational schools. It was found that: 1) the students' educational and career aspirations were skewed towards the high levels: 2) there were significant differences between the students' educational aspirations and their educational expectations; 3) students' educational aspirations were significantly related to the education of their mothers, and their educational expectations to the education of their fathers and the occupational levels of their fathers and mothers; 4) there were significant differences in both the educational aspirations and expectations of students enrolled in the three school types; 5) there were significant relationships between both the level of occupational aspirations and the level of occupational expectations of students enrolled in the three school types; 6) the students' occupational aspirations were significantly related to the education of both father and mother and sex of student; 7) the students' occupational expectations were significantly related to education of both father and mother, sex of student, level of occupation of both father and mother, and student's form or year in school; 8) students indicated that problems related to career guidance and financial difficulties were among the chief factors prohibiting them from attaining their educational and career goals; and 9) most students indicated that their parents had talked with them about their career plans; a large proportion indicated that the information related to guidance which they received at school was inadequate or poor

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