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ERIC Number: EJ875714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Circumscribed Agency: The Relevance of Standardized College Entrance Exams for Low SES High School Students
Deil-Amen, Regina; Tevis, Tenisha LaShawn
Review of Higher Education, v33 n2 p141-175 Win 2010
The authors interviewed Black and Latino students from five high-poverty high schools as they attempted to make the transition into college. Their ability to exert individual agency with regard to their entrance exams and their college transition was circumscribed by the messages and behavioral norms that dominated their low-performing high school context. Students preserved their sense of academic competence, yet they drastically misestimated the relevance of their scores while remaining uninformed about their level of college readiness or how to improve it. The framework for analysis comes from three theories: college choice process, cultural capital, and self-efficacy. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)