Attitudes and expectations: do attitudes towards education mediate the relationship between social networks and parental expectations?

Roth, Tobias ; Salikutluk, Zerrin

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume: 33
Issue number: 5
Page range: 701-722
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-5692 , 1465-3346
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Previous international research has shown that educational goals are fundamental for explaining differences in the educational attainment between individuals. For a better understanding of educational inequality, it is therefore crucial to know more about the mechanisms leading to different expectations. Our paper contributes to this field of research by empirically testing how social networks affect educational expectations of mothers for their children. Furthermore, we try to disentangle the underlying mechanisms by investigating which role resources and attitudes within social networks play in influencing educational expectations. We use quantitative data gathered in three federal states in Germany. The key results indicate that network composition not only has an effect on educational expectations but also on general attitudes towards education. Both attitudes towards education and embedded resources seem to mediate the effect of social ties on educational expectations.

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