ERIC Number: ED364377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-14
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Factors Influencing Rural Vermont Public High School Seniors To Aspire or Not To Aspire to a Four Year College Education. A Research Study.
Knisley, Charles C.
A survey of 772 high school seniors in 18 economically disadvantaged rural Vermont public high schools examined differences between students who planned to attend a 4-year college or university and those who did not. The survey instrument consisted of 105 statements pertaining to personal background and demographic data, locus of control, community-related factors, and school-related factors. Most respondents were females between 17 and 18 years of age, who reported their family income to be above $20,000, received mostly As and Bs in school, and reported that their parents had a high school education or above. Half reported being in the college preparatory academic track while 29 percent reported being in the general or vocational track. Significant differences between groups were found for 64 of 105 variables. Students aspiring to a 4-year college education perceived their high school experience in a more positive and different manner than their similar-status peers who did not so aspire. Students aspiring to attend college felt that a college education was essential for a satisfying career, that they had control over their level of success, that their community provided few career opportunities, and that their school experiences motivated them to continue learning. Includes numerous data tables and the survey instrument. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (Burlington, VT, October 14-17, 1993).