ERIC Number: ED328768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Model of Postsecondary and Adult Student Choice Behavior.
A model was developed of the choice-making behavior of students participating in postsecondary occupational education. The model was estimated empirically with data from a national survey of public or nonprofit institutions that offer such education, conducted in spring 1987. The survey involved 432 institutions and 3,330 students. Data were gathered in regard to students' choice of type of institution, program of study, part- or full-time status, type of degree, intention to compete, grades earned, education and training background, previous and current work experience, tuition and cost issues, institutional placement rate, location, and student characteristics. The model was estimated using ordinary least squares regression analysis for the following choices: enrolled in a community/junior college program; enrolled in a technical institute; enrolled in a business and office program; enrolled in a trade and industrial program; enrolled part time; working toward a vocational certificate; and current grade point average. The findings from the various choice-making models demonstrate many systematic relationships between students' educational backgrounds or motivating influences and their choices. The models suggest that the instruction at vocational-technical institutes differs from either community/junior colleges or university/college programs. The findings seem to substantiate the assumed behavior of seeking information and making rational choices. The findings of the study support the suggested model of choice-making behavior to the extent that the data adequately represent such behavior. Additional research and data collection need to be done to improve understanding of choice-making behavior. (The questionnaire is appended.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, College Choice, Decision Making, Educational Background, Grade Point Average, Majors (Students), Models, Part Time Students, Postsecondary Education, Student Certification, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.