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Citation:  Meece, J. L., Hutchins, B. C., Byun, S.-Y., Farmer, T. W., Irvin, M. J., & Weiss, M. (2013). Preparing for adulthood: A recent examination of the alignment of rural youth's future educational and vocational aspirations. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 3 (2), 175-192.
Title:  Preparing for adulthood: A recent examination of the alignment of rural youth's future educational and vocational aspirations
Authors:  Meece, J. L., Hutchins, B. C., Byun, S.-Y., Farmer, T. W., Irvin, M. J., & Weiss, M.
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Publisher:  Canadian Center of Science and Education
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.5539/jedp.v3n2p175
Full text:  http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jedp/article/view/31348   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Research is limited on the aspirations of rural youth of the early 2000s, despite the fact that almost nine million students attend rural public schools.
Purpose:  This article presents educational and vocational goals of rural youth, and examines whether the education system supports these aspirations.
Data collection and analysis:  The authors use multinomial regression procedures to examine the role that the individual, family, and school play in explaining diversity in the youth's goals.
Findings:  A majority of rural youth wanted to attend two or four-year college, and aspired occupations that required college degrees. Over half of the sample reported misaligned educational and vocational goals, and patterns of alignment were predicted by the family's income, the student's background, geographic remoteness, and school experiences.
Conclusions:  More research is needed on how high school programs can better prepare rural youth for the transition from school to adulthood.

Populations served:  Rural and remote communities
Transition-age youth (14 - 24)