Girls' career aspirations : the impact of parents' economic and educational status on educational and career pathways

Pfingst, Catherine J. (2015) Girls' career aspirations : the impact of parents' economic and educational status on educational and career pathways. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research investigates relationships between parental socio economic status and daughters' career aspirations; linking family background and the career choices made by teenage girls. Drawing on Bourdieu's theory of cultural capital, and figures produced by the Bradley Report's investigation, two Queensland State High Schools are the investigative platform to address the research questions. A quantitative data analysis investigated if a correlation between the indicators existed. The significance of the findings will contribute to future decision making regarding educational practices and socio economic backgrounds and to support the Bradley Report target of 20% of low SES students accessing higher education. The outcomes found that female students' aspirations are influenced by parental background in a variety of significant ways. An understanding of these assists schools in understanding how to influence girls' future aspirations.

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ID Code: 81785
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Lampert, Jo, Tait, Gordon, & Walker, Susan
Keywords: Career Aspirations, Occupational Prestige, Cultural Capital, Adolescent Girls, Widening Participation
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2015 02:06
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:50

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