The influence of aspirations on educational and occupational outcomes

Authored by: Nathan Jones , Barbara Schneider

Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804357
eBook ISBN: 9781315753058
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619895

10.4324/9781315753058.ch45

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Abstract

It is well established in the literature that one’s economic and social position is linked to the social position of one’s parents. Consequently children in families with limited economic and social resources are less likely to achieve their educational goals and occupational aspirations than their more advantaged peers. 1 Much of the research in this area has focused on differences in educational and career aspirations by race and ethnicity and socio-economic status (SES) to explain differences in educational attainment. However, researchers differ in how they specify the role of aspirations in their models with regard to the processes by which aspirations shape educational outcomes.

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