p-ISSN 2146-796X
e-ISSN 2146-7978
Yunus Söylet

Recep Öztürk
Salih Murat Akkın
Süphan Nasır

Associate Editors
Burak Önal
Harun Serpil
Yiğit Yurder
2021 Volume 11
Deomed Publishing
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Volume 10, Issue 3, December 2020,
Page(s): 356-370
Original Empirical Research
Received: May 9, 2019; Accepted: June 1, 2020; Published online: June 25, 2020
doi:10.2399/yod.20.734921; Copyright © 2020, Deomed
Science High School Students' Socioeconomic Background and Their Preferences Regarding Their Transition into Higher Education
Hayri Eren Suna1 ORCIDID (E-mail), Bekir S. Gür2 ORCIDID, Selahattin Gelbal3 ORCIDID, Mahmut Özer1 ORCIDID
1Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı, Ankara
2Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi, İnsan ve Toplum Bilimleri Fakültesi, Medya ve İletişim Bölümü, Ankara
3Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Eğitim Fakültesi, Eğitim Bilimleri Bölümü, Ankara
The aim of this study is to determine the socioeconomic background of students at science high schools and to examine their preferences and placements into higher education programs on a yearly basis. The data regarding the socioeconomic background and placement into higher education programs of 103,635 students who graduated from science high schools between 2011 and 2019 were analyzed. The results show that there has been a partial decrease in the science high school graduates' placement into higher education programs in recent years. This finding seems to be related to the higher education quotas, rather than a dramatic change in the performance of graduates. Nevertheless, the total number of graduates placed into medicine and engineering programs continued to increase between 2011 and 2019. The results also show that placement ratios of graduates to their first, first five, and first ten preferences have decreased remarkably in recent years. The findings indicate that the imbalance of supply-demand in higher education adversely influences the graduates of science high schools, who are among the highest performing-students. The authors suggest a reevaluation of the current higher education quotas to allow an increased access to higher education. Further, our findings show that graduates have a distinct advantage in terms of their parental income and level of education. The authors suggest strengthening remedial education to minimize achievement differences in primary education and to improve the equality of opportunity in secondary education.
Keywords: Higher education, preference, selection and placement, school tracking, science high schools
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