Effects of the Educational Level/Status of Parents on their Children

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What effect does the educational level/status of parents have on the post-high school graduation aspirations of their children? The hypothesis is that the educational status of parents does affect their children’s post-high school aspirations. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the educational status of parents impacts the educational/work choices/future aspirations of their children. The assumptions of this study are that students whose parents have achieved a higher level of education will have higher aspirations for their own future. Tangential assumptions are that parents with a higher educational status will be more involved in their children’s education and will be of a higher socioeconomic status.
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Ermisch and Pronzato (2010) in a study conducted in Norway, determined that parental education does have an influence on a child’s educational aspirations and attainment, but that the father’s educational level had a great influence on their children’s future attainment than the mother’s educational level. However, this study showed that in poorer families, the mother’s educational level had a greater influence on the future educational attainment of the child. They also found that the parents’ educational level was more influential in the USA than in Norway, thought it had a positive correlation in both countries.
In Eccles and Davis-Kean’s (2005) study of the influence of parents’ education on their children’s educational attainments, they found a correlation between the parents’ education level and the educational attainments of their children, mainly through the greater language competence that better educated parents exhibit. Children of better educated parents are more likely to do better on standardized tests because of this language advantage.
In a study on the influence of parental expectations on their children’s post-high school transitions (Davis-Kean, Vida & Eccles, 2001), it was found that parents’ expectations of their children’s future education was influenced by their own educational level. Parents with a higher level of education were determined to have higher expectations for their children.

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