ERIC Number: ED115832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Socioeconomic Influences on the Educational and Career Paths of Kentucky High School Seniors.
Rever, Philip R.; And Others
The report is a response to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority's concern about limiting factors which constrain students' choices of paths to follow after leaving high school, specifically unacceptable factors that prohibit students (1) from pursuing postsecondary education and (2) from entering postsecondary institutions of their choice. Not causal factors, limiting variables simply place some boundaries on students' educational and career futures. Information about the educational background, future plans, parental economic status, and other factors which influence students' decisions was gathered through an American College Testing Program (ACT) 121-item questionnaire administered to a 10 percent random sample of Kentucky high school juniors and seniors in 1973. The results of the survey data analysis are reported and discussed with reference to each of the two types of decisions. The decision to enter postsecondary education was found to be related to: students' high school curriculum program, their high school average, their expected postsecondary education cost, and their family's annual income. The many findings concerning relationships of factors limiting the institution-choice decision include the discovery of wide disparities between expected and actual costs of postsecondary education, and between expected and computed parental contribution. (AJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Career Choice, Career Planning, College Choice, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Educational Background, Educational Opportunities, Factor Analysis, Family Influence, High School Students, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Characteristics, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Frankfort.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment