Choosing Colleges: How Social Class and Schools Structure Opportunity

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SUNY Press, Nov 13, 1997 - Education - 174 pages
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Examines the everyday experiences of high school seniors as they choose their colleges and demonstrates that college choice is a more complex social and organizational reality than has been previously understood.

 

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Read for my program. Meh. It was OK, it brought forth some decent questions and some interesting takes but, ultimately, it's nearly 20 years old, only studied 12 female students all in the middle ... Read full review

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Brilliant! Game changer in the world of college access research. Read full review

Contents

Who Goes Where to College?
1
Patterns of Educational Attainment
2
College Choice Research
3
Status Attainment Literature
4
School Effects Literature
6
Theoretical Framework
8
Significance of the Study
12
Organization of the Book
13
Counselor Role Expectations
101
Summary of Actual and Normative Structure of College Advising
104
Organizational Habitus
106
Families Friends and Finances As Influences
111
Choosing a Private High School
112
Choosing a Private College Counselor
114
Family Involvement in College Choice Decision Making
120
Geographical Influences
132

Research Methodology
14
Limitations
16
So Many Ways to Choose a College
19
The Women of Gate of Heaven High School
27
University High Schools Women
31
The Women of Mission Cerrito High School
38
Four High Schools Four Social Worlds
45
Gate of Heaven High School
57
University High School
68
Mission Cerrito High School
76
A CrossCase Analysis of High School Guidance
89
Overview Guidance Structure and Outcomes
91
Organizational Mission and Curriculm
95
Assumptions of Students College Knowledge
100
College Visits
134
Friends
137
Finances
140
Low SES Students and College Finances
142
Job As Influence
145
Conclusions
146
College Choice in a Cultural Context
149
Implications
155
Cultural and Organizational Equality of Opportunity
157
Theory and Scholarship
158
Bibliography
163
Index
171
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About the author (1997)

Patricia M. McDonough is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

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