ERIC Number: ED339308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking about Postsecondary Education. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Hossler, Don; Maple, Sue
This exploratory study sought to compare the characteristics, attitudes and postsecondary knowledge of two groups of Indiana ninth grade students, those who plan to continue their education after high school and those who indicate that they are undecided about their post secondary plans. The study used data from a longitudinal study of college student choice which used a cluster sampling technique with an initial sample of 5,000 high school freshmen selected in 1986. Ten percent of the subjects were black. Most of the data used for this study were taken from ninth grade questionnaires and focused on variables of background, educational expectations, student characteristics, information impact, and college costs. The results indicated that a constellation of student and parental factors are associated with the certainty of students' postsecondary plans. The study confirmed the importance of parents in shaping the educational expectations of their children. Also, students who talk to their parents more than their peers and whose parents have higher educational expectations are more likely to plan to attend college. Involvement in high school activities also was found to be an indicator of students' postsecondary educational plans. Included are four tables, an appendix containing a list and descriptions of variables, and 52 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Coll. Placement and Assessment Center, Bloomington.
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Indiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).