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Winsor, Helen Bruce

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Human and Family Resources


High schools--Illinois--Fox River Valley--Curricula; High school students--Illinois--Fox River Valley--Attitudes


The purpose of this study was to determine the activities of graduates after high school. The students of the 1985 graduating classes of four Fox Valley high schools were used for this research. It was found that 92 percent had additional training beyond high school. While students entered post secondary programs in large numbers, the percentage who completed the programs was smaller. Even in communities with a high socio-economic status, approximately 40 percent of the students did not complete a baccalaureate degree within a five year period. Students being locked into a college preparatory curriculum at the exclusion of opportunities in an occupational program may not be well served by their high school. Furthermore, of the 20 percent who received an associate degree, a number did not go on for a four-year degree and these students would have been well served by a more flexible curriculum.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 16-17 and 49-52)


78 pages




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