ERIC Number: EJ1217606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Dares Wins? Do Higher Realistic Occupational Aspirations Improve the Chances of Migrants for Access to Dual Vocational Education and Training in Germany?
Beicht, Ursula; Walden, Günter
Journal of Education and Work, v32 n2 p115-134 2019
High educational aspirations are considered to be a crucial factor for educational success and social advancement. As is also the case in many western European countries, migrants in Germany have higher aspirations than non-migrants. Although migrants' average school performance levels are significantly lower, their greater educational aspirations exert a positive influence on the acquisition of higher educational qualifications. This paper investigates whether higher aspirations are also revealed in respect of Germany's highly prevalent dual vocational education and training (VET) system and how this affects the transition to dual VET for young people from a migration background. Multivariate analyses using the database of the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) relate to school-leavers in Years 9 and 10 of general schools who aspired to enter dual VET upon completion of schooling. If we control for the main influencing factors, young people from a migrant background are shown to exhibit higher occupational aspirations with regard to dual VET than their counterparts not from a migration background. However, viewed in overall terms, higher occupational aspirations lead to poorer chances of transition to dual VET. This is much more noticeable amongst migrants than amongst non-migrants.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Occupational Aspiration, Migrants, Access to Education, Dual Enrollment, Vocational Education, Probability, Employment Potential, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany