ERIC Number: ED424342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Sources of Talent Loss among High-Achieving Poor Students. Report No. 23.
Jordan, Will J.; Plank, Stephen B.
Many graduates who have the academic ability to continue their schooling beyond high school do not enroll in higher education. This phenomenon has been referred to as "talent loss." The challenges involved in financing higher education partially contribute to talent loss and its pervasiveness among poor students, but they fall short of providing a complete explanation. This study explicates other possible sources of talent loss. Dual methodologies are used to examine critical sources of talent loss among students who perform well academically but are placed at risk of academic failure because they are also from low socioeconomic status families. Drawing from national panel data (the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988) as well as eight in-depth interviews with guidance counselors from an impoverished urban school district, the study identified factors that contribute to postsecondary enrollment. These are: (1) parental influence; (2) exposure to a high content curriculum; and (3) the availability of school resources. Implications of this research for policy, practice, theory, and further study are discussed. (Contains 10 tables and 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.