2012 Economics Psychology
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The impact of attitudes and aspirations on educational attainment and participation

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The ‘poverty gap’ in education means that children from poorer families tend to do less well at school and beyond. It is crucial to know whether this situation can be improved by activities to enhance the beliefs and behaviour of the most educationally marginalised families. If attitudes and aspirations do cause higher levels of attainment, then appropriate interventions can be developed. But if they do not, then money and effort is being wasted on approaches that may even have damaging side effects. This all-encompassing review of existing evidence provides summaries on a range of areas, from parental expectations to child substance abuse.

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Prof. Stephen Gorard

University of Durham - Professor in the School of Education

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