Presentation Title

Following In Their Footsteps: Why the Educational Pathways of Students Mirror their Parents’.

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

24-3-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

24-3-2018 10:45 AM

Abstract

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” It was as true in 1758 as it is today. So why does not everyone pursue a post-secondary education? The benefits of an education far outweigh the costs, yet the majority of Canadians do not pursue post-secondary education. In fact, only 23% of Canadians have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher, and only around 50% of all Canadians have pursued any additional education or training after High School.

Education promotes active citizenship and civic engagement, enabling individuals to perform better in the labour market. Further, educated individuals report a higher satisfaction with their lives. Therefore, it can benefit us as a society to further understand why 73% of students with a higher education degree in Canada have a parent or parents with a higher education degree.

In my research, I have found that the parental valuation of education may be the greatest determinant in predicting the post-secondary outcomes of a child. This was based on research and data of family financial status, genetic advantages, self-serving economic determinants, and family background. Correlational evidence of how a high-school student will likely perceive the importance of a post-secondary education and the likelihood of their attendance will also be shown.

Department

English and Modern Languages

Faculty Advisor

Ginny Ratsoy

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Following In Their Footsteps: Why the Educational Pathways of Students Mirror their Parents’.

IB 1008

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” It was as true in 1758 as it is today. So why does not everyone pursue a post-secondary education? The benefits of an education far outweigh the costs, yet the majority of Canadians do not pursue post-secondary education. In fact, only 23% of Canadians have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher, and only around 50% of all Canadians have pursued any additional education or training after High School.

Education promotes active citizenship and civic engagement, enabling individuals to perform better in the labour market. Further, educated individuals report a higher satisfaction with their lives. Therefore, it can benefit us as a society to further understand why 73% of students with a higher education degree in Canada have a parent or parents with a higher education degree.

In my research, I have found that the parental valuation of education may be the greatest determinant in predicting the post-secondary outcomes of a child. This was based on research and data of family financial status, genetic advantages, self-serving economic determinants, and family background. Correlational evidence of how a high-school student will likely perceive the importance of a post-secondary education and the likelihood of their attendance will also be shown.