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soc. 101 survey project

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selena thomas

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Drawing parallels between high school and real life
Selena Thomas
research questions
How does high school affect students over time in terms of:
Do vocational classes discourage students from attending college?
What do students attribute failure to?
Does high school, as an institution, foreshadow the societal hierarchy in anyway?
How does one's enviornment influence his/her personality?
How different are "AP" students and "regular" students?

Level of concern regarding a failure on a test/assignment
Realistically, whats the highest degree you plan on earning?
True or false: the ends justify the means

Hypothesis (cont'd):
Hypothesis (cont'd):


It is predicted that:
the older the student, the more likely he or she is to copy homework and/or cheat on tests.
He/she may also be more apathetic towards poor grades.
For these people, the means by which a goal is achieved is probably not as relevant as the act of achieving the goal itself.
It is predicted that:
AP students will have higher aspirations for the long term.
They would most likely be more affected by a poor grade, and therefore, more willing to copy/cheat to get it whereas a regular student might not put in the effort.
Those who take non-AP vocational classes will be less motivated to go to college.

It is predicted that:
Those who have received detention/ISS will be less likely to seek higher education and would most likely be apathetic toward failure.
The majority of students will prioritize material matters over ideal matters.
Most people will attribute failure to personality.

Data was collected through observation, interviews and surverys
80 surveys were taken online and spread via social media and in person. They were anonymous, but were composed of those ranging from 7th grade to post-college. Gender/ethnicity was not accounted for.
The preliminary demographic breakdown was as follows:

Out of 80 people, 70% of participants considered themselves an "AP student." 30% did not.*

*percentages are approximate
Have you ever been formally reprimanded?
What do you think is more blameworthy for failure in most cases?
When is it okay to to cheat or copy homework?
What career education class do you take, if any?
On a scale of 1-5 (one being least, five being most), the experiment yielded a weighted average of 3.99 regarding concern over a failure.
Levels of concern varied amongst every age group but were consistently higher for the younger cohorts.
The single respondent that expressed the lowest level of concern also predicted he/she would not attend college.

Nearly 75% of respondents thought it was okay to copy hw/cheat every so often.
Of those who believed it was always acceptable to cheat/copy hw, 5/6 were AP students.
Nearly half of respondents thought that found cheating unacceptable (both AP and non AP) expressed the highest level of concern over failure

The options listed were those of Sewanhaka's career ed classes. The disproportionality amongst groups could be reflective of the skewed sample group.
I&A was treated as an AP class during analysis.
All but one career ed respondent expected to attend college.
Only approximately 35% of career ed students ranked "getting an education" as their first priority.

Including but not limited to: suspension, detention, expulsion, etc
yes (bunch of dumb shit)

yes (deez nuts)
yes (Detention in freshman year for being a dum dum in gym class with my dum dum ex friend)
yes (detention once)
yes (detention)
yes (detention)
yes (Going to the boys lockerroom with friends)
yes (Had to sit in hallway during period)
yes (I was late... Alot)
yes (ISS)
yes (ISS)
yes (lunch detention)

Most respondents expect to attend some sort of undergraduate and graduate program.
Nearly half of the surveyed group ranked getting an education as their first priority and outward appearance as their last priority.
Earning money and maintaining a social life fell in between, for the most part.
"earning money" was left blank most frequently

This statement which essentially means: it doesn't matter how you get there as long as you get there.
In high school, the 'means' could include everything from plagiarism to looking up answers. The 'ends' would be the ideal grade.

In psychology, fundamental attribution error is the tendency for people to hold one's personality accountable for his/her situation rather than his/her circumstance.
On a scale of 1 (the worst) to 5 (the best), most students that rated themselves a
3 expected to pursue a associate/bachelor's degree
4 expected to pursue a master's degree
5 expected to pursue a PhD

Discussion Question: If the above is true, what is more accountable: personality or circumstance?

Discussion Question: How do career ed classes shape the lives of high school students from personal experience or from observation?

Discussion Question: Often AP students will never experience this side of high school, despite them partaking in acts that defy rules. Some may even argue that the same students are prone to punishment. What may be some reasons for this?
This ties into students' concerns over bad grades and their willingness to bend or break rules to succeed.
Discussion Question: Is there a particular reason an overwhelming majority of students might live by this principle despite claiming to be morally sound?
Most people said both were equally as responisble
Discussion Question: Why do you think cheating is so prevalent amongst AP/honors students and, perhaps, not as widespread in regular classes?
Discussion Question: Is this something that changes over time for most students or does it simply depend on the person?
Existing Studies About High School

University of Chicago: “We estimate that moving from the 20th to 80th percentile of the high-school popularity distribution yields a 10% wage premium nearly 40 years later.”
"Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college?" -
Blended Learning

“I’ve seen what [voc ed] can do for kids and families. It can take them out of poverty, it can move them to a place where they never envisioned themselves being.” - Ed Bouquillon, Minutemen HS

School-to-prison pipeline, the slippery slope: "The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the policies and practices that push our nation's schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems."

Respondents that answered yes were juniors, seniors, and college students (both AP and non AP) who aspired to attend college. The majority had "getting an education" as their first priority.
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