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ERIC Number: EJ921820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
The Case for Dreaming Big
Domina, Thurston; Conley, AnneMarie; Farkas, George
Sociology of Education, v84 n2 p118-121 Apr 2011
The American educational system is no fairy tale. Students who think that it takes nothing more than a wish upon a star to make their educational dreams come true are sure to be disappointed. The authors agree with Professor Rosenbaum: In order to realize their educational dreams, students must invest considerable effort. Rather than encouraging fairy-tale dreaming, the authors' article asks, Does the college-for-all ethos harm American high school students by encouraging them to engage in fairy-tale dreaming? Rosenbaum argues that it does; the authors' analyses suggest that it does not. Focusing on the link between college expectations and school effort, the authors' article suggests that Rosenbaum's pessimism regarding the college-for-all ethos is misplaced. Consistent with Rosenbaum, the authors find evidence to suggest that the college-for-all ethos raised student college expectations. They find a causal link between student educational expectations and student beliefs about the importance of high school academics. Furthermore, they demonstrate that the relationship between educational expectations and effort is strong, positive, and robust for all students except those with the very lowest levels of educational skills. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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