ERIC Number: EJ1021959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Educational Sorting and Residential Aspirations among Rural High School Students: What Are the Contributions of Schools and Educators to Rural Brain Drain?
Petrin, Robert A.; Schafft, Kai A.; Meece, Judith L.
American Educational Research Journal, v51 n2 p294-326 Apr 2014
An extended body of research has documented the outmigration of the "best and brightest" youth from rural areas. Some of this scholarship has suggested that rural schools and educators may be complicit in this process as they devote extra attention and resources to the highest achieving students--those most likely to leave their rural communities after high school. Using data from a national multimethod study, we find mixed support for this hypothesis. To the contrary, our data suggest that the highest-achieving rural students are among those with the greatest community attachment, and that student perceptions of local economic conditions are far more influential in shaping postsecondary residential aspirations than the advice of educators, or the poverty level of the school.
Descriptors: Brain Drain, Rural Schools, Multivariate Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Population Trends, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Student Surveys, Questionnaires, Focus Groups, Predictor Variables, Place of Residence, Academic Achievement, Reliability, Models, Regression (Statistics), Student Attitudes, Migration Patterns, Gender Differences, Rural Areas
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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