ERIC Number: ED341595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Educational Decisions, Family Background and Tracking in the Japanese Middle Schools.
LeTendre, Gerald K.
Third-year students (equivalent to U.S. 9th graders, ages 14-15) in six rural and urban Japanese middle schools were given two questionnaires. Information was gathered on family background, school life, educational aspirations, sources of information about high school and high school entered. The number of students who returned one or both of the surveys was 1,175--a 98% response rate. Analysis of the data focused on hypotheses derived from theories of gender and educational stratification. Significant interaction was found between students' gender, parental educational levels, and students' aspirations and attainments during the transition period from middle school to high school. No evidence of tracking was discovered at the middle school level nor was any association found between parental education and early planning for high school entrance. Birth-order among males was not significantly associated with rank of high schools attended. A 23-item bibliography is included. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).