Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A quantitative study of Idaho high school seniors' postsecondary decision-making influences
by Hawkins, Shana L., Ed.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2015, 216; 3716139
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to assist state, district, and high school educational leadership in understanding the influences of the Idaho high school students’ postsecondary decision-making. The literature review established five categories that influence students’ postsecondary decision-making: postsecondary and career awareness, postsecondary and career admissions process, academic readiness for postsecondary education and careers, postsecondary monetary cost, and social capital influence for postsecondary education. The theoretical framework for the study was the work of Perna’s proposed conceptual model of students’ college choice. Descriptive quantitative research methods were used to survey 566 high school seniors from south western Idaho during their fall 2014 semester. Participants selected social capital influence for postsecondary education as the greatest influence on their college decision-making. Correlations were run to find if any relationship existed between students’ postsecondary plans and income, counseling services, and parental educational level. All three categories demonstrated statistical significance, however, none achieved practical significance. Participant responses pertaining to counseling services indicated that many students were not satisfied or were unsure about the services their school counselor provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cartwright, Dennis D.
Commitee: Hill, Jennifer, White, Mandy
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-A 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational psychology, Secondary education
Keywords: Academic readiness for postsecondary education, Postsecondary admission process, Postsecondary cost, Postsecondary decision-making, Postsecondary education, Social capital postsecondary influences
Publication Number: 3716139
ISBN: 978-1-321-94644-4
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