ERIC Number: ED366655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
High School Seniors Look to the Future, 1972 and 1992. Statistics in Brief.
In light of the many changes of the past 20 years, it may be expected that plans of high school seniors for further education may have also changed, along with the kinds of jobs they expect to have and the things they regard as important. These questions are examined through data from the National Longitudinal Study of 1972 (NLS) and the National Education Longitudinal Study in 1988 (NELS:88), the 1992 Second Follow-up. The proportion of seniors in academic or college preparatory programs was approximately the same in both years, although enrollment in the general track increased and enrollment in vocational education decreased. In 1992, there was little difference between the sexes in high school program placement. In 1992, only 5.3 of students reported that they would not attend some kind of school after high school, but in 1972, 18.9% had reported that they would not continue. Eighty-four percent in 1992 planned to go to college, compared with the 63% who planned to attend in 1972. Differences for females were dramatic, with female seniors in 1992 four times more likely to plan on graduate or professional school as in 1972. Nearly 60% in 1992 planned a professional career, compared with approximately 45% in 1972. Changes in values were most marked among women, who in 1992 espoused values closer to those traditionally held by men. One figure and three tables present data about the two populations. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Education, Career Planning, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Educational Attainment, Employment Experience, Enrollment, Females, Futures (of Society), Graduate Study, High School Seniors, High Schools, Higher Education, Labor Market, Life Events, Longitudinal Studies, Males, National Surveys, Objectives, Professional Education, Sex Differences, Social Change, Student Attitudes, Values, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Education Longitudinal Study 1988; National Longitudinal Study High School Class 1972