Choice at 16: school, parental and peer group effects

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Author: Thomas, Wayne; Webber, Don J.

Abstract:

School, parental and peer group effects have been identified as being influential in shaping the decision of students to participate in post-compulsory education, but the analysis of each effect separately is rare. Using a random effects logistic regression approach, estimates of the importance of school, parental and peer group effects on student choices are presented which suggest that peer groups play an important role in determining boys’ choices at 16, while the decision to stay on across gender is strongly influenced by parental background. Profiles show that the social class of peers’ fathers influence strongly the probability of a student staying on.

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School, parental and peer group effects have been identified as being influential in shaping the decision of students to participate in post-compulsory education, but the analysis of each effect separately is rare. Using a random effects logistic regression approach, estimates of the importance of school, parental and peer group effects on student choices are presented which suggest that peer groups play an important role in determining boys’ choices at 16, while the decision to stay on across gender is strongly influenced by parental background. Profiles show that the social class of ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Career development; Culture and society; Statistics; Research; Economics; Students

Keywords: Family; Research project; Data analysis; Economics of education and training; Student interests

Geographic subjects: Europe; Great Britain

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis, 2009

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Journal title: Research in post-compulsory education

Journal volume : 14

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2009

Pages: pp. 119-141

ISSN: 1359-6748; 1747-5112 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Wayne Thomas and Don J. Webber

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 97.709



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