Where the boys are: The educational aspirations and future expectations of working class girls in an all-female high school.
AuthorWinslow, Mary Ann.
KeywordsCatholic women -- Education (Secondary) -- United States.
Working class women -- Education (Secondary)
Catholic high schools.
Single-sex schools -- United States.
Committee ChairRhoades, Gary
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to ascertain the educational aspirations and future expectations of working class youth in an all-female Catholic high school. The ethnographic methods of primarily interviews and participant observation were used to discover the plans and the decision processes of approximately 21% of the senior class. Sixty girls were interviewed four weeks before graduation, as well as 20 teachers and administrators. Almost 100% of the sample (59) planned to attend college the following fall. While most institutions were competitive, only one planned to attend a most competitive, most selective institution, although several met the admissions requirements to do so. One-fourth of the sample planned to attend community colleges. The institution helped to facilitate the process of college entrance. However, many of the girls' decisions were determined before high school, and most were influenced by family members, most of whom had never attended a finished college. It was observed and reported by the girls that the all-female environment enhanced their educational experiences.
Degree ProgramHigher Education