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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Reaching for the Stars: Investigating Educational Aspirations and Expectations within a Resilience Framework

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Reaching for the Stars: Investigating Educational Aspirations and Expectations within a Resilience Framework
Presenter: Laurie Chapin Co - Presenter: Daniella Zileski  
Abstract:
Early school-leaving, lack of educational attainment and inequalities in higher education are issues of concern for society. Inquiries into students’ educational aspirations and expectations may be the key to addressing these issues. Socioeconomic status is categorised as a risk, family resources are protective factors, and high aspirations and expectations are positive outcomes. The present research investigated the aspirations and expectations of 183 Australian secondary students aged 13-18. The Child and Youth Resilience Measure-28 (CYRM-28; Resilience Research Centre, 2008), was utilised for a culturally sensitive measure of parental support. University expectations were comparably lower than the university aspirations for students from of a lower socioeconomic status. This finding highlights an aspiration-expectation gap amongst these students. The lower socio-economic status students had greater aspirations and expectations for TAFE (technical education in Australia) and other studies. The higher socio-economic status students had greater aspirations and expectations for university. As was anticipated all the family variables and university aspirations were predicted by parental educational aspirations and expectations, and parental support. Significant predictors for university expectations were parental expectations and parental support. The implications of these findings for interventions and directions for further investigations are discussed.

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Laurie Chapin

Lecturer, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Laurie A. Chapin, PhD is a psychology lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She received her PhD in psychology from Colorado State University in 2010. Her research interests include studying resilience of vulnerable youth with a focus on cultural factors. Previous research interests were with Mexican boys and positive educational outcomes. Since moving to Australia in 2011 she has turned her attention to beginning to study... Read More →

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Daniella Zileski

Daniella Zileski completed her honours degree in psychology in 2013. Her thesis topic was resilience and educational expectations and aspirations among Australian youth. As the top student at Victoria University, she was awarded the APS Prize from the Australian Psychological Society.


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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