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dc.contributor Stone, Lynda en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Gonzalez, Amber en_US
dc.contributor.author Quach, Vinny
dc.contributor.author Ilyenko, Lera
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-11T21:55:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-11T21:55:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-08-11
dc.date.submitted 2017-08-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/194730
dc.description Thesis (M.A., Child Development)--California State University, Sacramento, 2017. en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study, conducted in a collaborative effort, explored high school students’ knowledge about college and how they obtained their information about college. Specifically, it is built on current literature’s findings that the rate of enrollment for high school students continues to exhibit a wide gap, with the predominant factor being whether high school students have sufficient information about college and financial aid. Through the use of focus groups, where participants engaged in interview questions in small assemblages, it was found that students were generally knowledgeable about college overall. However, the study also highlighted that various factors may explain the gap in college-related knowledge between students. Data analysis revealed three interrelated themes that may influence how the participants acquired college information: (a) common resources of information they have; (b) timing of access to college-related information; and (c) extracurricular resources and programs that are available to them. In addition, the current research discussed and compared AP participants and non-AP participants and discovered differences in relation to the three themes. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Child Development en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject High school students' college knowledge gap en_US
dc.subject Financing college education en_US
dc.subject College admittance procedures en_US
dc.subject AP and NON-AP high school students options beyond high school en_US
dc.subject College knowledge en_US
dc.title A qualitative approach to understanding high school students' knowledge and perception of access to college en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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