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ERIC Number: EJ906860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Male and Female Pathways through Four-Year Colleges: Disruption and Sex Stratification in Higher Education
Ewert, Stephanie
American Educational Research Journal, v47 n4 p744-773 Dec 2010
Pathways through college vary by sex in ways that may contribute to the contemporary male-female gap in college graduation that favors women. Although past research has documented sex differences in college pathways, little research has investigated the underlying causes of this variation. Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study, this study empirically tests leading hypotheses for why men are more likely than women to progress through college discontinuously and part-time. This study finds that high school academic performance, which indicates preparation for college, accounts for part of the male-female gap in college pathways. Poorer academic performance at the beginning of college further increases the likelihood that men, relative to women, will disrupt their college experience. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
IES Cited: ED556748