ERIC Number: ED043899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Social Factors and Educational Aspirations of Canadian High School Students.
George, P. M.
The introduction emphasizes the worth of higher education to individuals and society. The author cites social scietists' findings that social class, sex, residential background, parental and peer group interest, I.Q. and academic performance influence educational aspirations and achievement. In this paper, he intends: (1) to verify these conclusions with Canadian data; (2) to explore the relationship between these variables; (3) to explore the multi-dimensional nature of educational aspiration; and (4) to suggest guidelines for future research and educational policy. Data were collected by questionnaire from 1,609 urban and non-urban Canadian high school students. Findings indicate that upper class, urban, male students whose parents and peers show interest in their educational aspirations and who perform well in college-oriented curricula have the highest educational aspirations. It was concluded that the eduational system, in favoring this group, is far from democratic and open. Implications are discussed. (TL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Achievement, High School Students, Higher Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Influences, Student Educational Objectives
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Authoring Institution: University of Western Ontario, London.