ERIC Number: ED233255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Postsecondary Education Plans and Choices: Review of the Literature and Design for Analysis of the Parents Data.
Rosenfeld, Rachel A.; Peng, Samuel S.
This literature review of factors affecting the postsecondary decision-making process, with special emphasis on parents' and students' attitudes and characteristics, focuses, in the first section, on research on these topics: (1) student and family characteristics (ability, expectations, motivation, race and sex, family background including genetic influences, values and role models, and family income); (2) school and community characteristics (teachers' encouragement, counseling, peer networks, quality and climate of school, and curriculum placement); (3) alternatives available after high school (noncollege alternatives such as employment, military service or marriage, postsecondary educational alternatives, and influencing factors such as proximity and cost); and (4) knowledge of alternatives. Part II of the book discusses the development of the parents' section of the High School and Beyond questionnaire, which was designed to gather detailed parental financial information and attitudinal data, to be combined with data from students on their abilities, plans, and perceptions. The major sections of the survey report present a conceptual design based on the results of the review in part I, and focus on four ways in which survey data might be analyzed. Listings of the parent survey items which operationalize the significant variables are provided along with a discussion of each. Appendix A provides the High School and Beyond parent questionnaire and Appendix B contains standard financial aid forms. Cited references and a list of additional references are also appended. (MCF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.
Note: Appendix B is marginally legible due to small print.