An analysis of the postsecondary plans of the 1975 grade XI students under the Bay St. George Roman Catholic, the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic, and the Humber-St. Barbe Roman Catholic School Boards

Fowler, Robert Alphonsus (1978) An analysis of the postsecondary plans of the 1975 grade XI students under the Bay St. George Roman Catholic, the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic, and the Humber-St. Barbe Roman Catholic School Boards. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was designed with three objectives in mind, namely: (1) to determine the postsecondary plans of those Grade XI students enrolled under the Bay St. George Roman Catholic, the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic, and the Humber-St. Barbe Roman Catholic School Boards; (2) to determine the results of these plans; and (3) to establish whether or not these plans and reasons were dependent on the sex, the age, the current high school program under which the students were enrolled, the students' self-concept of ability, the fathers' education, and the size of the community from which these students came. -- The subjects for study were 510 Grade XI pupils enrolled under the three School Boards during 1974 and who responded to the 1975 Senior Secondary Students' Survey of Career Decisions. -- Analysis of the data revealed that approximately one-half of all those students who responded intended to terminate their education at the high school level and go immediately into the labor force. Of those students who intended to continue their postsecondary education, approximately 40 per cent intended to enter Memorial University of Newfoundland, and another 40 per cent intended to study at one of the province's district vocational schools. Students from these three Boards in general did not intend to go to the College of Trades and Technology or to the College of Fisheries in St. John's. -- The most significant reason for students choosing not to continue to a postsecondary institution was that they wished to earn money as soon as possible. The main reason for students choosing a nonuniversity postsecondary education was that this type of education was more suitable to their desired occupation. -- The sex of the student was found to be significant only as it related to the choice of the postsecondary institution. The age of the student and the current program under which the student was registered were only significant as they related to the work plans of the student. It was also found that the self-concept of ability as perceived by the student was significant when cross-tabulated with the student's postsecondary plans. The father's education was also a significant factor in students' deciding which institution to enter, as was the size of community from which the student came. -- This study will endeavor to supply information which will aid the three School Boards and their policy-makers in determining the future needs and aspirations of their students; as well, the study should point out the uniqueness of these boards and the need for them, as well as others, to have factual and relevant information on the status of their students and their educational program.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7582
Item ID: 7582
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [132]-136.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1978
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador, Western
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Student aspirations--Newfoundland and Labrador; Vocational interests--Newfoundland and Labrador; High school students--Newfoundland and Labrador

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