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ERIC Number: ED331432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Who Goes Where to College: Social Class and Organizational Context Effects.
McDonough, Patricia M.
The study examined the ways in which status cultures and organizational environments influence high school students' college decision-making. Interviews were conducted with 12 white female high school seniors from four northern California high schools (a low socio-economic status(SES)/low organization public school, a low-SES/high organization Catholic school; a high-SES/low organization public school; and a high-SES/high organization private preparatory school) as well as with their best friends, parents, and counselors. The study analyzed the four schools' total resources devoted to college preparation; the structure, goals, and objectives underpinning the college guidance program; and the assumed knowledge of students participating in college planning. Findings revealed that the pressure on college-bound students is more pronounced at suburban public high schools and the private college preparatory school than others, and that school context played a significant role in shaping students' college choice. Most students applied to colleges that matched some aspect of their current habitus: colleges with the same supportive environment as their high school, or colleges consistent with their own personal values or personalities. (27 references) (LPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper submitted to the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).