ERIC Number: ED276789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Black High School Students' Postsecondary Plans: Educational Excellence or Economic Survival?
Martin, Oneida L.
The results of a study of the postsecondary plans and educational attitudes of black high school students are presented in this report. A review of the literature found that, after centuries of social barriers to education, the number of blacks who graduated from high school and attended college began to increase dramatically in the 1960s. When the economy weakened in the mid-70s, the gains by blacks became harder to discern. While blacks continue to have high educational aspirations, the effects of a weak economy--and the ensuing Federal budget cuts--could have a negative impact on their ability to attain these aspirations. The study focused on questions related to postsecondary plans, financing college education, and valuing education. They were asked of black students at two predominantly black urban schools, one an "honor" school, in the same city. Major findings were that, if black students come from supportive family backgrounds, regardless of parents' highest level of education and occupation, they can aspire to high educational attainments. Although the students' attitudes are highly dependent on family support, educational environment, and family income, overall they do value education. Consequently, they should be encouraged to pursue postsecondary education despite proposed financial aid reductions and eliminations. A 75-item reference list is appended. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Fransicso, CA, April 16-20, 1986).