ERIC Number: ED127086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-26
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Parent-Child Rapport: An Important Factor in the Structuring of Educational Ambition in Rural America.
Clay, Daniel C.
The study explored the importance of parent-child rapport as it pertained to the child's career development in the context of rural Ontonagon County, Michigan. Questionnaires were self-administered to 201 high school seniors (100 boys and 101 girls) in the spring of 1974. Information was gathered on a wide range of topics dealing with the youngsters' perceptions of their own social situations in the county and about their future plans. Dependent variable, "plan to go to college", was treated as a dichotomy (those students who did or did not plan to attend a college or university). Key independent variables were social class origin, rapport with parents, and scholastic performance level. Sex was held constant throughout. The findings affirmed that parental rapport in the home setting was an important factor affecting the educational mobility of young boys and girls in this rural Michigan county. The full impact of parental rapport emerged when viewed in the normative context of a youngster's social class background. The general conclusion was that rapport with parents was an important factor affecting the educational achievement levels of rural youngsters; it was especially important for those from lower status backgrounds and for those whose record of scholastic performance was not very strong. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan