ERIC Number: ED317881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
The Heart of the Matter: Effects of Catholic High Schools on Student Values, Beliefs and Behaviors.
Guerra, Michael J.; And Others
This report begins with a review of the literature concerning the effectiveness of Catholic high schools. It then presents new information based on an analysis of the annual nationwide "Monitoring the Future" survey of high school seniors. The survey analysis examines differences between Catholic seniors attending Catholic high schools and those enrolled in public high schools in the areas of social values, educational values, concern for people, at-risk behaviors, perceptions of self, and religiousness. The report examines gender differences, school differences, and 10-year trends in the responses of seniors in Catholic high schools. It discusses the independent effects of various background variables and schooling on a variety of non-academic outcome variables. It concludes that Catholic schooling, over and above other factors, has a significant and positive effect on student attitudes about militarism, marriage, educational aspiration, likelihood of cutting school, concern for others, frequency of church attendance, and the importance of religion. Catholic high school seniors are described as having somewhat less positive attitudes toward school, an effect that may be due to more rigorous academic demands in Catholic high schools. Other major influences on outcome variables are considered. The report concludes with a discussion of possible explanations for these differences. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Comparative Analysis, High School Seniors, High Schools, Public Schools, Religion, School Effectiveness, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Social Values, Student Attitudes, Trend Analysis
National Catholic Educational Association, Publications Sales Office, Suite 100, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007-3852.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.