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ERIC Number: ED020284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb-8
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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ABILITY, FAMILY SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL, AND ADVANCED EDUCATION.
SCHOENFELDT, LYLE F.
TWO GROUPS OF NURSES OF COMPARABLE ABILITY AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WERE STUDIED TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY BACKGROUND ON DECISIONS TO CONTINUE EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. BECAUSE FUTURE NURSES MAY ENROLL IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF TRAINING PROGRAMS, IT WAS FELT THAT USING THESE STUDENTS AS SUBJECTS WOULD ENABLE MORE POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIFIC NONCOGNITIVE FACTORS WHICH ARE IMPORTANT IN EDUCATIONAL DECISIONS. THE SUBJECTS WERE 706 GIRLS IN A 3-YEAR NURSING SCHOOL AND 382 NURSING MAJORS IN A 4-YEAR COLLEGE. DATA WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR RESPONSES TO THE BATTERY OF APTITUDE AND ACHIEVEMENT TESTS. FINDINGS SHOW THAT THERE WERE CLEAR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE GROUPS ON THE BIOGRAPHICAL ITEMS ABOUT FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATIONAL PLANS. THE NURSING STUDENTS IN COLLEGE CAME FROM A CONSIDERABLY HIGHER EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL THAN DID THE GIRLS IN NURSING SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, THE FAMILY ECONOMIC SITUATION ALONE WAS NOT A VARIABLE IN THE EDUCATIONAL DECISIONS OF EITHER GROUP. THE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT THE SOCIOECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF A FAMILY, INDEPENDENT OF A STUDENT'S ABILITY, IS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION HE UNDERTAKES AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 8, 1968). (NH)
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Identifiers: PROJECT TALENT