ERIC Number: ED158910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Factors in Educational Aspirations. A Study of Educational Aspiration of High School Seniors in Prince Edward Island, Canada. P.E.I. Community Studies Report No. 4.
Dasgupta, Satadal; Nagarajan, P.
To identify personal, economic, educational, and social factors influencing students' educational aspirations, data were collected from 1,004 seniors in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1971; analysis included male-female and urban-rural differences. From 960 usable questionnaires, level of educational aspiration was determined by respondents' after high school graduation plans. Findings were that factors of age, motivation to continue education, occupational expectation, and discussion with an adult in the desired occupation were significantly associated with aspiration levels for all seniors, as were school factors, county of residence, family intellectual tradition and income, and parent's ability to help. In male-female comparisons, family factors tended to have greater influence on females, and county of residence and rural-urban residence (higher for urban than rural females) had differential influences. In rural-urban comparisons, aspiration level was significantly influenced by peer discussion of education plans for urban students and county of residence for rural students. Family socioeconomic status did not have significant association for rural students, though partly influenced urban ones. However, factor analysis showed family to be the most important factor affecting aspiration level. Rural-urban difference may be largely a function of different family circumstances. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince Edward Island Univ., Charlottetown. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.
Identifiers: Prince Edward Island