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ERIC Number: EJ939097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
From GED to College: Age Trajectories of Nontraditional Educational Paths
Maralani, Vida
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n5 p1058-1090 Oct 2011
Age patterns of secondary certification and college entry differ in complex and surprising ways for traditional graduates and GED recipients. Although GED recipients are less likely to enter college in their late teens, they catch up to traditional graduates in their 20s. Results show that adjusting for differences in the age trajectories of school continuation accounts for a substantial portion of the differences observed between the two groups. Important differences remain, however, in the type of college attended and the likelihood of college entry before age 21. Nonetheless, more GED recipients enroll in college than previous studies have suggested, and this interest in college identifies a useful place for policy to intervene to encourage school continuation for this group. (Contains 8 notes, 4 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth