ERIC Number: ED230142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary Educational Attainment among Whites and Blacks.
Wolfle, Lee M.
Interracial differences in the educational attainment process between whites and blacks were examined, using Joreskog and Sorbom's (1981) general method for the analysis of covariance structures. The basic model of educational attainment considers education to be a function of father's occupational status and education, mother's education, respondent's ability, and high school curriculum and grades. Study data were drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972. Information was available for the 13 study variables for 6,825 whites and 433 blacks. It was found that the process of educational attainment is not different for blacks and whites. Study results indicate that social background plays an equal role for blacks and whites. For both races, the process of educational attainment appears to depend modestly on social background; children of higher status parents are more likely to enter an academic track in school. The influence of academic ability, curriculum, and grades on attainment do not differ for blacks and whites. Student ability is the most important determinant of placement in an academic program, and curriculum differentiation in high school also plays a major role. An explanation of the measurement model and a bibliography are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).