ERIC Number: ED172627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of High School Type and Curriculum on Enrollment in Higher Education and Postsecondary Training.
Kolstad, Andrew J.
The effects of school type and curriculum on high school grades, plans for further schooling, and enrollment in higher education and postsecondary training were studied. The data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972. The base-year sample contained over 16,000 seniors in over 1,000 high schools of all types. By 1976 there was an 87 percent retention rate among the original respondents. Grades were found to be lower at college preparatory high schools and higher at vocational-technical high schools. Plans for college were found to be unaffected by school type, and plans for further vocational training were somewhat lowered by attending a specialized area vocational high school. Academic enrollment was found to be more frequent as a result of attending a college preparatory high school, and postsecondary training, broadly defined, was found to be unaffected by school type. Possible reasons for these findings, ways high schools can influence students, and implications for further research are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Education, College Attendance, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Curriculum, College Preparation, College Students, Conference Reports, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Multiple Regression Analysis, Secondary School Curriculum, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preparatory Schools
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)