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ERIC Number: ED342458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Assessing the Educational Attainment of Proprietary Students from National Data.
Cheng, Xing; And Others
A study was conducted to identify the factors influencing students' decision to enroll in a privately controlled "vocational, trade, business, or other training school" and the educational attainment of these proprietary school students. Databases derived from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 and High School and Beyond were used in the analysis. The average socioeconomic status scores increased from the proprietary sector to the community college to four-year institutions, indicating differential compositions of students' family background in different types of postsecondary institutions. Students' and their mothers' educational aspirations were the most influential factors in the students' choices of postsecondary education and proprietary school students' aspirations were lower than those of community college and four-year college students. Most proprietary school students did not reach the level of a two-year degree, and those who eventually attained a two-year degree or beyond were very likely to be high aptitude students. On a theoretical level, the study confirmed the assumption that functionalism describes the societal role of four-year institutions somewhat better than that of proprietary schools. In the functionalist argument, social mobility has taken place as a result of an enormous equalization of educational opportunity. But the class-reproductionist model, in which the socioeconomic status of one's parents had a direct and significant impact on how well one is educated, fits the role of proprietary schools better. (Author/AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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