Choosing Colleges: How Social Class and Schools Structure Opportunity

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791434789
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 936,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables


1. Who Goes Where to College?

Patterns of Educational Attainment
College Choice Research
Status Attainment Literature
School Effects Literature
Theoretical Framework
Significance of the Study
Organization of the Book
Research Methodology

2. So Many Ways to Choose a College

Paloma Young Women
The Women of Gate of Heaven High School
University High School's Women
The Women of Mission Cerrito High School

3. Four High Schools, Four Social Worlds

Paloma School
Gate of Heaven High School
University High School
Mission Cerrito High School

4. A Cross-Case Analysis of High School Guidance

Overview Guidance Structure and Outcomes
Organizational Mission and Curriculum
Assumptions of Students' College Knowledge
Counselor Role Expectations
Summary of Actual and Normative Structure of College Advising
Organizational Habitus

5. Families, Friends, and Finances As Influences

Choosing a Private High School
Choosing a Private College Counselor
Family Involvement in College Choice Decision Making

Levels of Involvement
Geographical Influences
College Visits


High SES Students and College Finances
Low SES Students and College Finances
Job As Influence


6. College Choice in a Cultural Context


Policy: Cultural and Organizational Equality of Opportunity
Theory and Scholarship



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