ERIC Number: ED308273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Getting a Lot Further...Some Factors Influencing Decisions which Ethnic Families Make about Children's Schooling and Post-School Futures.
Hartley, Robyn; Maas, Frank
Families from non-English speaking backgrounds who migrated to Australia were surveyed on their opinions about Australian schools and the process of making decisions about schooling and careers for young people. Four types of factors were organized into a framework for conducting the study and analyzing the data: (1) student background factors such as ethnicity, gender, and length of time in Australia; (2) home environment and home influence factors such as parents' aspirations and expectations; (3) school environment factors such as students' attitudes and experiences; and (4) home-school interface factors such as quality and quantity of home-school contact. Parents' opinions were solicited through semi-structured discussions in the parents' native languages. Other information was generated from open-ended interviews with teachers, community leaders, and social workers who had particular knowledge of the families. Qualitative results are presented for the following groups: (1) Vietnamese families; (2) Greek families; (3) Chinese families; (4) Turkish families; and (5) English-speaking families. In general, parents had high aspirations for their children's future but were concerned that schools were not organized to help their children go further. Photographs and a 28-item bibliography are included. (VM)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Planning, Decision Making, Ethnic Groups, Expectation, Family Role, Females, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Interviews, Non English Speaking, Parent Attitudes, Parent Influence, Parent School Relationship, Secondary Education
Australian Institute of Family Studies, 300 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000, Victoria, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Multicultural and Migrant Education.
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Family Studies, Melbourne.
Identifiers - Location: Australia