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Table 55. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and discussion of personal affairs: 2009

Discussion of personal affairs No science   Biology   Earth science   Physical science   Chemistry   Other science1   Two or more  
Total 17.9 34.0 12.4 19.5 1.7 9.6 4.9
                           
Talked about going to college with ...                             
Mother or female guardian2                            
Yes 17.0 35.5 12.0 19.6 1.8 9.2 4.9
No 20.4 29.8 13.5 20.0 1.5 ! 10.6 4.1
Father or male guardian2                            
Yes 15.7 36.8 12.3 19.1 2.0 9.0 5.1
No 20.2 30.6 13.0 19.9 1.4 ! 10.8 4.2
Friends                            
Yes 16.1 36.4 11.9 19.3 1.7 9.3 5.4
No 19.9 31.4 12.9 20.0 1.8 ! 9.8 4.3
Favorite teacher                            
Yes 18.8 38.1 10.2 18.0 1.2 ! 7.9 5.8
No 17.6 33.0 12.9 20.0 1.9 9.9 4.6
School counselor                            
Yes 17.2 34.5 12.4 19.1 2.3 ! 9.0 5.5
No 18.0 34.0 12.3 19.7 1.6 9.6 4.7
None of these people                            
Yes 19.3 30.2 14.0 19.9 1.2 11.2 4.3
No 17.7 34.5 12.2 19.6 1.8 9.3 4.9
                           
Talked about possible jobs or careers when you are an adult with ...                             
Mother or female guardian2                            
Yes 16.7 35.6 12.0 19.6 1.7 9.5 4.8
No 21.9 28.5 13.6 19.9 1.7 ! 9.8 4.6
Father or male guardian2                            
Yes 16.3 35.8 12.6 19.1 1.9 9.2 5.0
No 19.5 31.6 12.6 19.8 1.6 ! 10.7 4.3
Friends                            
Yes 16.4 35.8 12.0 19.2 1.6 9.7 5.3
No 19.8 31.6 12.9 20.2 1.8 ! 9.4 4.3
Favorite teacher                            
Yes 17.0 37.4 10.7 17.2 1.8 ! 9.7 6.3
No 18.1 33.1 12.8 20.2 1.7 9.5 4.5
School counselor                            
Yes 16.8 34.1 12.3 19.1 2.2 ! 8.9 6.7
No 18.1 33.9 12.4 19.7 1.7 9.7 4.6
None of these people                            
Yes 18.7 29.0 12.4 21.1 1.4 11.6 5.7
No 17.8 34.4 12.4 19.5 1.8 9.4 4.8
Talked about personal problems with ... 
Mother or female guardian2
Yes 16.9 35.1 12.2 20.2 1.6 9.1 4.9
No 18.8 32.9 12.7 18.8 1.9 ! 10.3 4.7
Father or male guardian2                            
Yes 16.2 36.2 12.9 19.2 1.6 8.5 5.5
No 18.0 33.5 12.4 19.4 1.8 ! 10.4 4.5
Friends                            
Yes 16.3 35.2 12.1 19.7 1.4 9.9 5.4
No 20.1 32.2 12.8 19.5 2.2 ! 9.0 4.1
Favorite teacher                            
Yes 15.6 36.8 11.3 18.3 1.7 9.3 7.0
No 18.0 33.8 12.5 19.7 1.7 9.6 4.7
School counselor                            
Yes 20.5 30.5 13.9 18.9 1.4 8.8 6.0
No 17.5 34.4 12.2 19.7 1.8 9.7 4.8
None of these people                            
Yes 19.3 31.6 13.2 19.1 2.3 ! 10.2 4.3
No 17.5   34.4   12.2   19.7   1.6   9.5   5.0
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Other science includes courses such as general science, integrated science, and principles of technology.
2 Students who did not have the appropriate parent/guardian were not included.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to differential item nonresponse. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-Year.


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