A Decade’s Difference: Research Revisited on Family Influence of Rural High School Students’ Postsecondary Decisions

Robert S. Legutko

Abstract


This study is a quantitative descriptive research design which compared 1995 and 2005 data regarding family influence on rural Pennsylvania high school seniors’ postsecondary decisions. A chi-square analysis at p < 0.05 determined that there was (a) an increase in students planning college attendance, (b) a decrease in students not planning postsecondary education or unsure of postsecondary plans, (c) an increase in students planning college attendance who did not have parents with postsecondary schooling, (d) a decrease in students not planning postsecondary education or unsure of postsecondary plans who did not have parents with postsecondary schooling, (e) an increase in lower-middle class students planning to attend college, and (f) a decrease in lower-middle class students not planning postsecondary education or unsure of postsecondary plans. There was no significant difference in students’ postsecondary plans when siblings’ pursuit of postsecondary education was considered.

References


Greatschoools.net. (n.d.). Retrieved February 4, 2006, from http://www.greatschools.net/

The Pennsylvania manual. (1989). Harrisburg, PA: Department of General Services.

United States Census Bureau. (n.d.). State & county quickfacts. Retrieved February 4, 2006 from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/


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