DOI

10.17077/etd.dqrgb950

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2012

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Bills, David

First Committee Member

Leicht, Kevin

Second Committee Member

Pascarella, Ernest

Third Committee Member

McNabb, Scott

Fourth Committee Member

An, Bryan

Abstract

I use unique longitudinal data to examine, with greater detail than previously achieved by quantitative researchers, variation in parents' educational aspirations. More specifically, I examine the effects of background characteristics (including demographic, geographic, and socioeconomic origin characteristics), socioeconomic status characteristics, such as education attainment and household income, and social-psychological characteristics, such as locus of control, job-satisfaction, and subjective well-being, on parents' odds of having high educational aspirations for their children (i.e. wanting their children to attain a Graduate or Professional degree).

Keywords

aspirations, mobility, parents, status attainment

Pages

vii, 106 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 98-106).

Copyright

Copyright 2012 Eric Jon Reed

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