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Educational Family Background and the Realization of Educational Career Intentions - the Participation of German Upper Secondary Graduates in Higher Education over Time

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Weiss, Felix; Steininger, Hanna-Marei

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Abstract In this article, we evaluate the impact of social origin on the realisation of educational intentions at the time of becoming eligible for higher education in Germany. In general, we find high persistence of intentions and actual attendance of higher education. However, effects of parental education on the changes of educational intentions increase the existing social inequality with regard to higher education at the time of leaving secondary school. The group which is affected most are those young adults planning to study after vocational training—while the gap between different origin groups does not widen much during other stop-outs from education. This can be explained only partly by previous educational performance. The findings suggest that estimates of educational inequality are attenuated when entry into higher education is approximated by educational intentions of young adults.
Keywords social background; Federal Republic of Germany; social inequality; secondary school; university level of education; educational inequality; goal of education; course of education; young adult; social factors; educational opportunity; vocational education
Classification Sociology of Education
Free Keywords Educational inequality; Educational expectations and intentions; Educational careers
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 189-202
Journal Higher education : the international journal of higher education and educational planning, 66 (2013) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-012-9598-0
ISSN 1573-174X
Status Preprint; peer reviewed
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