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ERIC Number: EJ1152110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1551-0670
Postsecondary Transitions for Youth in Appalachia's Central Subregions: A Review of Education Research, 1995-2015
Kannapel, Patricia J.; Flory, Michael A.
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v32 n6 p1-17 2017
This article reviews research on issues surrounding postsecondary transitions for youth in middle (North Central, Central, and South Central) Appalachia, a region that faces numerous education challenges because of its geography, poverty, and economy. Examining published research and data from 1995 to 2015, the review seeks to inform education policymakers, practitioners, and researchers about the current context, successes, challenges, and opportunities for students as they transition to adult life and to suggest directions for supporting postsecondary transitions. The review finds that high school graduation rates have improved, many youth are committed to the region, and numerous initiatives are underway to support successful postsecondary transitions. Challenges include limited job opportunities and possible misalignment with career preparation programs, high unemployment, and lack of postsecondary education experience and understanding among many adults. Implications include a need for more research on the nature and rigor of preparation in high schools and postsecondary institutions, development of place-based approaches, improved postsecondary transition awareness and support programs that involve parents, and more research on career choices of non-college-bound students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment
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