ERIC Number: ED056790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Educational Aspirations in Minnesota: Rural-Urban Comparisons.
Nelson, Joel I.
The purpose of this 1967 study was to compare rural-urban differences in the academic aspirations held by some 6000 Minnesota high school juniors. Criteria for determining the college plans of adolescents were taken from responses to the question "What further schooling do you plan after high school?" Those selecting the alternative "college or university" were classified as aspiring to a higher education. The standard procedure for distinguishing rural and urban areas according to community size was used, while socioeconomic status was determined by the amount of education attained by the parents. To test for the relative achievement potential of rural and urban adolescents, scores derived from the Minnesota Scholastic Aptitude Test were used. It was revealed that neither intelligence, rank, school size, nor satisfaction accounted for aspirational differences across community categories. These data suggest that a conception of academic opportunity, on which much of the analysis was based, may not be the most profitable way to examine aspirational differences with respect to community size. (LS)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Agricultural Experiment Station.