ERIC Number: ED362327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
School-Based Information to Parents and Parents' Educational/Occupational Aspirations for Their Children.
Helling, Mary Kay
To identify the information that parents receive about their children's school experiences and to investigate the relationship between this information base and parents' aspirations and expectations regarding their children, a study was conducted of 93 parents of first and fourth graders. The parents were interviewed and administered questionnaires to gather information on family characteristics; the content and quality of parental expectations for their children's academic performance; aspirations regarding children's occupational and educational goals; and the sources and level of information received regarding their children's development, grades and tests, and school events and policies. Results included the following findings: (1) 33% of the parents reported receiving considerable information about school events, while 45% reported receiving no information about their child's physical development; (2) parental aspirations for children ranged from happy with any choice (20%), completion of at least high school (36%), to completion of a vocation or college degree program (31%); (3) parents of first graders reported lower expectations for child performance than parents of fourth graders, while expectations were lower for first grade boys than for girls; (4) parental perception of consistency of information was significantly related to their commitment to aspirations; and (5) parental perceptions of their children's current performance was related more closely to their information base than were their aspirations for the future. (Contains 22 references.) (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).