The Influence of Parental Involvement on the Educational Aspirations of First-Generation College Students
Pagliarulo, Graziella Michele
Inkelas, Karen K
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This study examines the influence of parental involvement on the educational aspirations of first-generation college students. Additionally, the researcher investigates the changes in first-generation students&#8217; educational aspirations over time as well as the differences in students&#8217; educational aspirations and actual attainment. Differences in educational aspirations and attainment are analyzed by race, gender, and SES. For this study, longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of students generated by the National Educational Longitudinal Study 1988-2000 (NELS:88/2000) was used. Statistical measures employed included multiple regression, repeated measures ANOVA, and crosstabulation. Results indicated that parental involvement, among other variables, explained some variance in first-generation students&#8217; educational aspirations. Additionally, these students&#8217; educational aspirations increased over time, and, for the most part, students did not attain their aspirations. Differences in aspirations and attainment by race, gender, and SES were also discovered.