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ERIC Number: EJ941289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Accounting for Socioeconomic Differences in Delaying the Transition to College
Goldrick-Rab, Sara; Han, Seong Won
Review of Higher Education, v34 n3 p423-445 Spr 2011
Despite popular conceptions of the "gap year" as a time of personal enrichment, the incidence of delay between high school and college is greatest among students from socioeconomically disadvantaged families, suggesting other motivations. This article examines two explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in rates of delay: disparities in high school course-taking and family formation. Students from disadvantaged families more often become parents before college and less often engage in rigorous science coursework. These factors (along with family background, educational expectations, and other kinds of high school preparation) account for nearly one-fifth of the unconditional socioeconomic gap in the "gap year." (Contains 3 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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