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The Family and Educational Aspirations
Jay D. Teachman and Kathleen Paasch
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 3 (Aug., 1998), pp. 704-714
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353539
Page Count: 11
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The question we address is the extent to which variation in the educational aspirations of children resides in the family. We identify the importance of the family for educational aspirations by using data on sets of siblings to model the degree of sibling resemblance. Our results indicate that nearly three quarters of the variation in educational aspirations lies between families but that only a fraction of this variation can be explained by standard indicators of family socioeconomic status (parental income and education). There is also substantial similarity in the degree of sibling resemblance across pairs of siblings defined by sex and ordinal position.
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