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Choosing Colleges: How Social Class and Schools Structure Opportunity

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Based on interviews with students, parents, and counselors as well as case studies of the college guidance environments of a working-class public school, an upper-middle-class public school, a private preparatory school, and a Catholic school, McDonough examines the everyday experiences of high school seniors as they choose their colleges. The author shows that college ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published November 13th 1997 by State University of New York Press (first published October 1997)
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Robert Boone
Feb 22, 2015 Robert Boone rated it liked it
The text is a bit dated (1997), but highlights some insightful considerations among low- and high-SES students regarding post-secondary choice. Most impressive is the chapter dealing with SES as an indicator for familial involvement with the college selection process and the impact of friends and secondary schools in the absence of active family guidance.
Many points of the text remain relevant today as policy makers continue to struggle with the breadth of open access institutions and the poten
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Regan
Feb 20, 2015 Regan rated it liked it
Read for my program. Meh. It was OK, it brought forth some decent questions and some interesting takes but, ultimately, it's nearly 20 years old, only studied 12 female students all in the middle class, and all in California meaning that there is only limited application to the study as a whole. So far, this is the only text I've read for this class that doesn't make me want to scream, throw the book across the room, and then set fire to it with the raw rage flooding from my eyes. So that's a ...more
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