ERIC Number: ED177271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
School SES Influences--Composition or Context.
Alexander, Karl; And Others
This study uses a representative sample of 3050 twelfth grade students from 18 schools to examine the ways in which the socioeconomic composition of a school is related to its students' educational plans. The basic premise investigated is that students attending schools with a greater proportion of high socioceconomic status (SES) students are more likely to go to college than those attending schools with a large proportion of low socioeconomic status students. Related theories and research studies are reviewed. A model is presented which focuses on three possible influences: (1) school climate; (2) peer relationship; and (3) placement in a college preparatory curriculum. This model is analyzed to distinguish "contextual" from "compositional" effects. Results indicate that the"contextual" impact of a school's average SES level on student educational plans is minor. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.