This webinar, held on October 3, 2013, examines the challenges and successes of rural schools in supporting students in the transition to college and careers.
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Webinar Agenda (PDF)
Rural High School Aspirations Study
Rural Youth in Seminole, Oklahoma
Rural Youth in Hawkins, Texas*
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Award-winning professor Judith L. Meece, Ph.D., presents findings from the Rural High School Aspirations Study, conducted by the National Research Center on Rural Education Support through funding from the Institute of Education Sciences. In addition, two assistant superintendents from rural school districts in the Southwest share their successes and challenges in helping rural youth transition to college and careers.
The webinar was designed for anyone with an interest in rural schools and communities, including teachers, administrators, state department of education staff, researchers, and community members.
Resources on Rural Youth Aspirations
Rural High School Aspirations Study: National Center on Rural Education Support. (2011). http://www.nrcres.org/HSA.htm
The following research articles based on the Rural High School Aspirations Study examine different issues related to rural youth aspirations.
- Byun, S.-Y., Meece, J. L., Irvin, M. J., & Hutchins, B. C. (2012). The role of social capital in educational aspirations of rural youth. Rural Sociology, 77(3), 355–379.
Examines the relationship between social capital and the educational aspirations of rural youth.
- Griffin, D., Hutchins, B. C., & Meece, J. L. (2011). Where do rural high school students go to find information about their futures? Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 172–181.
Examines the sources that students use to gather information about postsecondary education and career options and to plan for their futures.
- Irvin, M. J., Byun, S.-Y., Meece, J. L., Farmer, T. W., & Hutchins, B. C. (2012). Educational barriers of rural youth: Relation of individual and contextual differences. Journal of Career Assessment, 20(1), 71–87.
Examines the relationship of different factors to the educational barriers that affect rural youth.
- Irvin, M. J., Meece, J. L., Byun, S.-Y., Farmer, T. W., & Hutchins, B. C. (2011). Relationship of school context to rural youth's educational achievement and aspirations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(9), 1225–1242.
Investigates the relationship of school characteristics and schooling experiences to the educational aspirations and achievement of youth from high-poverty rural communities as well as ways in which schools can positively shape these outcomes.