Silicon Valley Notebook


This research focused on gendered variations in the effects of academic agency, social and cultural capital on high school seniors’ college plans. Monitoring the Future (2012) data from a sample of 12,000 seniors, supplemented with interviews with education professionals found theoretically meaningful gender differences. College plans of males and females were directly influenced by their academic agency. Their parents were an additional direct positive influence, even if only for males. But, parental cultural capital and abstaining from controlled substances increased likelihood of pursuing college through increased academic agency for both males and females. These findings contributed to the literature on gendered higher education pathways and supported theories of social and cultural capital development.