CIRE - Changes in boys: Educational aspirations

22 October 2015, 4.00 PM - 22 October 2015, 5.00 PM

Dr. Shawanda Stockfelt, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol

Room 3.13, 35 Berkeley Square

Changes in boys; educational aspirations: to what extent do individual factors and school effects explain variations in EA by ethnicity across age, social-class, exclusion and parental aspirations?

Abstract: This paper presents findings from a study looking at ethnic variations in boy’s educational aspirations (EA) across age. The study was carried out using 5669 male respondents from Waves one to three of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). Ethnic variations in boys’ EA were modelled in relation to a variety of time-variant factors using variance component logit models. Significantly, the findings showed ethnic variations in EA to be quite dynamic in its response to different factors, i.e., the impact of individual factors and school characteristics on the odds of boys’ EA vary according to the ethnic group. The study has strong implications for policy and practice in support of a more targeted approach, inclusive of ethnic differences and similarities in boosting EA and attainment. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach might be counter-productive to some ethnic groups. Further research is required to explain the ‘why’ for these particular ethnicities and how this translates to education and labour market outcomes.

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