ERIC Number: ED111581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-23
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Educational Attainment Mechanisms in Early Adulthood.
Dunkelberger, J. E.; Sink, Cheryl A.
The correlation between educational aspiration and educational achievement was investigated in 6 Southern states via a longitudinal study (1965-1972). Approximately 1,200 rural youth, stratified by race, sex, and socioeconomic status, were contacted when sophomores, when seniors, and when 4 years beyond high school graduation. Findings revealed that: (1) the majority of the sample had completed no post-high school training; (2) white youths were more likely than nonwhite youths to have completed academic programs, while nonwhite youths were somewhat less likely to have completed any post-high school training and if they had, it was most often of a technical nature; (3) about 21 percent of the youth from the upper socioeconomic strata had completed college as compared to 10 percent and 8 percent of those from the middle and lower strata; (4) men were somewhat more likely than women to have completed some type of post-high school education, but women were slightly more likely to have attained higher education levels; (5) of the young adults who had not completed post-high school education, only 25 percent were enrolled in an educational program at the time of the interview; (6) high school aspirations far exceeded post-high school achievement (only 23 percent of the respondents had achieved or equaled their goals); and (7) aspirations remained high despite achievement level. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.