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ERIC Number: ED002999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 166
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TRENDS IN POST-HIGH SCHOOL PLANS OVER A 11-YEAR PERIOD.
BERDIE, RALPH F.; HOOD, ALBERT B.
A SURVEY WAS MADE IN 1961 OF ALL (APPROXIMATELY 45,000) GRADUATING SENIORS IN MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO LEARN OF TRENDS IN POST-HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING. THE SURVEY CONSISTED OF AN APTITUDE TEST, ACHIEVEMENT RECORDS, AND A QUESTIONNAIRE ENTITLED "AFTER HIGH SCHOOL--WHAT." IN 1962, A SAMPLE OF STUDENTS WAS SELECTED TO COMPLETE A QUESTIONNAIRE INDICATING THEIR MAJOR ACTIVITIES FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. A SIMILAR SURVEY HAD BEEN MADE IN 1950 MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO COMPARE DATA COLLECTED IN EACH OF THE SURVEY YEARS. INFORMATION WAS ALSO GATHERED RELATING TO THE STUDENTS' FAMILIES AND THEIR SOCIAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL, AND PERSONALITY BACKGROUNDS. DATA WERE ANALYZED ACCORDING TO SEX, AREAS IN WHICH THE STUDENTS LIVED, ABILITY, AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE FATHERS. STATISTICAL METHODS INCLUDED A DETERMINATION OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PERCENTAGES, COMPARISON OF MEANS AND VARIANCE, AND COMPUTATION OF ZERO ORDER AND MULTIPLE CORRELATION COEFFICIENTS. THE OBSERVATIONS OF THE 1961 SURVEY CORRESPONDED TO SIMILAR OBSERVATIONS OF THE 1950 SURVEY. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS WERE (1) THE PROPORTION OF STUDENTS ACTUALLY ATTENDING COLLEGE RESEMBLED THE PROPORTION PLANNING TO ATTEND, (2) THE PROPORTION OF STUDENTS ATTENDING COLLEGE HAD INCREASED ONLY ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENTAGE POINT PER YEAR OVER THE 11-YEAR PERIOD, (3) THE PROPORTION OF HIGH ABILITY STUDENTS PLANNING TO ATTEND COLLEGE INCREASED MORE THAN DID THE PROPORTION OF THE TOTAL GROUP OF STUDENTS, AND (4) PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE ARE RELATED TO ABILITY, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL STATUS, SEX, FAMILY ATTITUDE, AND PERSONAL VALUES. SUGGESTIONS ARE INCLUDED FOR SENIOR GUIDANCE. (JC)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis)