ERIC Number: ED123352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Educational and Occupational Choice: An Analysis of the Decision-Making Process of Central Nebraska High School Graduates of 1973. Final General Report.
The study developed a pilot interview schedule and analyzed the decision-making process of 326 central Nebraska 1973 high school graduates relative to their educational/occupational choices during the following year. Data were gathered through personal interviews with the graduates and a telephone survey of their parents and were analyzed to discover personal and organizational influences on the decision-making process, specifically: (1) graduates' high school experience and achievement; (2) influence of school personnel; (3) students' information-search activities; and (4) parents' characteristics, attitudes, activities, and degrees of their involvement and of their influence. Also examined were: (1) the various stages in the timing of the graduates' decisions; (2) the financial and nonfinancial factors considered by the graduates, and their effect on the final choice; and (3) the graduates' perceptions of education's purpose and of the school's responsibility for helping students with decision-making. The results were analyzed with reference to the type of postsecondary activity engaged in by the graduates. The report is divided into three sections of approximately equal length: (a) a description of the study and discussion of the findings, (b) 119 tables of data, and (c) copies of the parents' telephone interview and graduates' interview schedules. (Author/AJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, Career Counseling, College Choice, Decision Making, Educational Experience, Factor Analysis, Family Characteristics, Followup Studies, High School Graduates, Interviews, Parent Influence, Post High School Guidance, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nebraska Technical Community Colleges, Lincoln.; Nebraska State Public Post-Secondary Coordinating Council, Lincoln.; Nebraska State Colleges, Lincoln.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska