Survey of Students in Ghanaian Secondary Schools


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To describe the male students in Accra secondary schools as an aid to the practising teacher and as the basis of dialogue between the teacher and the academic sociologist.

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Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions Male fifth-formers from schools representing four strata - elite, high, low and private - were chosen for survey which focusses on both attitudes towards education and on results obtained. Information is collected on whether respondent is day or boarding student, how long a boarder at this and earlier schools, payment of fees (who pays and whether any difficulty experienced in making payments), which schools attended in past, and reasons for choice of present secondary school (by selection of one from list of nine, including proximity, finances, religion, ease of entry, teaching staff or school's reputation). Assessed parental and respondent attitude to education generally, and to secondary education are given. Major substantive portion of survey concerns respondent attitudes to his future: ideal choice of occupation with reasons; whether it is financially and scholastically possible for him to continue to sixth-form; his view on advantages and disadvantages of sixth-form education. Preferred subjects, job expected if education continued, job expected if education not continued, and ideal school for sixth-form education. In a follow-up questionnaire sent out one year later, examination results (independently verified) were ascertained and the educational and occupational activity of respondent since sitting for examination is outlined. Jobs held since leaving school, salary received, length of time spent looking for a job, source of finance while looking and where presently living are all listed. Background Variables Tribe, language spoken at home, birthplace by region and size, major place of residence during first 12 years of life, number of years resident with mother and/or father, mother's and father's occupations, number of siblings by same mother and father and their relative ages, siblings' occupations, parental and sibling educational level and respondent age of entry to primary and secondary schools. Both school attended and father's occupation are rated (occupation according to type, sector and professional status level).

Stratified purposive sample

Postal survey

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Creator Bibby, J., University of St Andrews, Department of Statistics, The Mathematical Institute; Miller, A., University of St Andrews, Department of Statistics, The Mathematical Institute
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 1974
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Language English
Discipline Social Sciences
Spatial Coverage Ghana