ERIC Number: ED048610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Educational Aspirations: Longitudinal Evidence on Their Development in Canadian Youth.
Williams, Trevor H.
This investigation is concerned with an explanation of the way in which social origins affect the desire for post-secondary education. The author constructs and quantifies a model incorporating influences due to: (1) three reference groups (parents, teachers, peers); (2) the student's academic achievements; (3) his intellectual ability; and (4) his socioeconomic background. The model measures these variables at two points in time, to provide evidence regarding their relative stability over time. The model is quantified separately by sex so as to specify sex differences in the process by which educational aspirations are generated. Conclusions include: (1) the effects of social origins on educational aspirations are indirect through the expectations/aspirations of parents, teachers, and peers (in that order of importance); (2) these effects are more potent and more pervasive for girls; and (3) the role played by academic performance for girls in this process reflects a sex differential in the value placed on higher education. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Convention in New York, New York, February 4-7, 1971