ERIC Number: ED207765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-19
Reference Count: 0
Rural Youths' Decisions to Attend College: Aspirations and Realizations.
Yang, Shu-O W.
Data from the National Longitudinal Study of 1972 (designed to provide statistics on a national sample of young adults as they moved out of high school into their early adulthood) were utilized to examine the determinants of college attendance with controlling variables, such as family background and students' ability. The sample from base year (1972) and first follow-up (1973) were used in the study. Data indicated that mother's expectation was the most important influence on rural youths' college aspiration and attendance. Next in importance were father's and peers' influence. Teachers' or counselors' encouragement did not appear as an important factor. Finally, the decision by rural youth to enter college was positively associated with high school grades. Self-confidence in completing college study did not contribute as a factor to youths' aspiration. However, it did have a positive effect on actual college attendance, meaning that improving grades in high school and perceived ability in completing college study were likely to encourage college attendance of rural youth. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, College Attendance, College Bound Students, Counselor Role, Decision Making, Family Characteristics, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education, Influences, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Rural Youth, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Influence, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Guelph, Ontario, Canada, August 19-23, 1981).