The tough choice at high school door: An investigation of the factors that lead students to general or vocational schools

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Abstract

The study analyzes the factors that lead elementary school students (grades 6-8) to general or vocational high schools. The effects of gender, SES, academic achievement, living in a rural/urban area as well as the effects of parental involvement on school choice (N=866) used as independent variables in Canakkale, Turkey. There are clear differences among general high school students and vocational high school students regarding these variables. Contrary to the expectations, students from rural areas prefer general high schools to vocational schools. The study also found parental involvement may have an indirect effect on academic achievement. Overall, the study found that status attainment factors were more important than parental involvement variables on students' choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-527
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Guidance
  • Parental involvement
  • School choice
  • Vocational and general (lycee) high schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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