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Successful Post-Secondary Educational Attainment: The Similarities and Differences between Students with High and Low Educational Expectations in Adolescence

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dc.contributor.advisor Davis, Shannon N.
dc.contributor.author King, Audrey Louise
dc.creator King, Audrey Louise
dc.date 2013-12-05
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-04T16:47:34Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-04T16:47:34Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-04
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8721
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to supplement the empirical literature on student post-secondary educational attainment. The present research examines students with high educational expectations at age 16 (N = 1,335) and low educational expectations at age 16 (N = 551). It identifies the different factors among students with high expectations and low expectations that increase their likelihood of earning a four-year degree by age 30. I use data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 Cohort (NLSY97), which is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. There are seven predictors (gender, race, student academic excellence, mother’s educational attainment, household structure, parent expectations, and perceived school climate) that are included in the two models. I perform logistic regression analyses. Model 1 analyzes students with high educational expectations and found all factors as statistically significant in predicting receiving a four-year degree by age 30. Model 2 ix investigates students with low educational expectations and revealed math honors courses taken, mother’s educational attainment, and parent expectations as statistically significant in predicting attaining a four-year degree by age 30. Potential explanations for these findings are addressed.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject student expectations en_US
dc.subject post-secondary educational attainment en_US
dc.subject predictors en_US
dc.subject four-year degree en_US
dc.title Successful Post-Secondary Educational Attainment: The Similarities and Differences between Students with High and Low Educational Expectations in Adolescence en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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