ERIC Number: ED075556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Better Chance: Evaluation of Student Attitudes and Academic Performance, 1964-1972.
Perry, George; Kopperman, Nancy
The goal of the "A Better Chance" (ABC) program was to have talented students who would otherwise be frustrated by poverty, attend competitive secondary schools, colleges, and graduate schools and attain positions of leadership. The research project examined the attitudes of ABC students in the areas of aspirations, fate-control (the degree to which they felt they were guiding their own destiny), self-concept, racial relations, and relationships to home. It also assessed their academic performance during high school and college, and their post-college activities. During the time they were enrolled in member schools, the attitudes of ABC students underwent some changes. Two areas in which the attitude changes of ABC students differed from the control group were the self-esteem and racial beliefs. One thousand nine hundred and sixteen ABC students (1,640 in independent schools and 276 in Public School Programs) were scheduled to complete secondary school by June, 1972. ABC students attended colleges much more selective than the national average, but the control group attended colleges similar in selectivity to the national average. Of the 1916 students scheduled to graduate by June 1972, the program had the net effect of increasing the proportion who entered college by 32 percent and increasing the selectivity of the college entered among nearly half the others. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Attitude Change, College Admission, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Individual Power, Parent Student Relationship, Political Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Racial Attitudes, Racial Relations, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Student Attitudes
A Better Chance, Inc., 376 Boyleston Street, Boston, Mass. 02116 (Price not available)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; Henry Luce Foundation, New York, NY.; New York Community Trust, NY.
Authoring Institution: A Better Chance, Inc., Boston, MA.