ERIC Number: ED345625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Influencing High School Students' Differences in Plans for Post Secondary Education: A Longitudinal Study.
Shepard, Linda L.; And Others
This paper presents and discusses longitudinal data collected through surveys completed by students (n=1,545) in the 9th and 11th grades to determine what factors influence a student's change in plans for postsecondary education. Twenty-one Indiana high schools were selected to ensure that the sample proportionally represented students from all ethnic groups, income levels, and rural and urban area schools. Discriminant analysis was used to identify variables which were the most powerful in discriminating among three groups (students whose educational expectation went up, students whose educational expectation went down, and students with no change in educational expectations). The study revealed that aspirations may carry more weight in the 9th grade, whereas realities influence the 11th graders. Several variables were revealed as influencing educational expectations in a positive way: parent's change in educational expectations; the importance of status attainment; the amount of time spent thinking about plans after high school; a change in grade point average; mothers' and fathers' level of education; and the importance parents place on a day job. Contains 24 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Coll. Placement and Assessment Center, Bloomington.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).