ERIC Number: ED429792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Rural Students Continuing Their Studies in University Contexts.
Hemmings, Brian; Kay, Russell; Hill, Doug
A two-phase study assessed the extent to which a set of variables predicted rural secondary students' likelihood of continuing to college and sought to determine predictors of rural students' academic success at the completion of first-year university study. Participants were drawn from seven state coeducational secondary schools in the Riverina (Australia) region. Phase 1 gathered school achievement data from 281 rural secondary students for year 10 and year 12 and developed measures of family background, school commitment, and goal commitment from student surveys. Results indicate that although academic achievement was the most important predictor of continuation to university study, other family background and attitudinal factors were also related to this outcome. In addition, a student's future academic success was largely predictable at the end of year 10. Phase 2 monitored the first-year progress of 54 of the 125 students from phase 1 that attended college. Results indicate that although academic achievement and course satisfaction predicted a student's likelihood of passing all first-year subjects, the latter was the more important predictor. Course satisfaction stemmed from the related attitudinal measures of student identity and sense of purpose. Contains 20 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
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Identifiers - Location: Australia