ERIC Number: ED257633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Course-Taking Patterns in Secondary Schools as Related to Student Characteristics. High School and Beyond: A National Longitudinal Study for the 1980's.
West, Jerry; And Others
Responses to the problems of secondary school education must be predicated on reliable information on student participation in mathematics, science, computer science, vocational education, and general education. This analysis summarized 1981-1982 High School and Beyond student transcript data to identify course-taking patterns relative to each of the above subject areas. Moreover, responses to the First Follow-up Survey were used to identify characteristics of students exhibiting various course-taking patterns. Four distinct course-taking patterns were identified for science and mathematics students, and four others were identified for vocational education students. Student characteristics considered were socio-demographic attributes, school performance and experiences, and postsecondary plans and aspirations. Findings reported include the following: (1) less than 10 percent of the students had concentrated in mathematics or science in high school; (2) course-taking patterns in all subject areas were strongly related to socioeconomic status and to type of school attended; (3) grade averages and cognitive test scores differed significantly across the course-taking patterns of each subject area; and (4) in general, the immediate post-graduation plans of students were not related to course-taking patterns. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation Technologies, Inc., Arlington, VA.