ERIC Number: ED477286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Immediate Post High School Educational Activities: A Rural Area Study.
Durham, Brian; Danner, Mona J. E.; Seyfrit, Carole L.
This paper focuses on identifying the nature of immediate postsecondary educational activities in a rural area and compares these activities to educational aspirations held in high school. As part of a larger study in the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia, all students in grades 9-12 in Northampton and Accomack Counties were surveyed in 1995. These counties have higher-than-average poverty and unemployment rates and have few employment opportunities that require postsecondary education. This study looks at 11th- and 12th-graders in 1995, who were resurveyed in 1997, after they presumably had graduated. Results indicate that high school students' educational aspirations were significantly related to attending postsecondary education immediately after high school. Students with high aspirations were more likely to attend postsecondary education, including college, than those with low aspirations. Immediately attending postsecondary education was significantly related to father's education, but not to mother's education. Contrary to expectations, youth perceptions of parents' expectations were not significantly related to immediate postsecondary education. Blacks were more likely than Whites to attend vocational-technical training. However, inconsistent with national findings, Whites were not more likely to attend college than Blacks, possibly because of the large number of historically Black colleges nearby. Postsecondary activities did not differ by gender. (Contains 57 references) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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