22 SES 05.5 PS, General Poster Session
General Poster Session
Family has an undeniable influence upon the career construction of higher education students, since it is a primary source of their socialization.
Access to higher education (HE) has extended to social groups that, a few years ago, had low aspirations of enrolment in an educational system aimed only at a few elites who held that social privilege. Nowadays, new publics from different social-economic backgrounds access to HE and bring along new expectations, goals and (academic survival) strategies.
As a primary source of their socialization, family has an undeniable influence upon the students’ HE choice. The review of the literature on HE choice emphasizes the critical role that family plays influencing students’ postsecondary plans (Hossler & Gallagher, 1987; Hossler, Braxton & Coopersmith, 1989).
This paper presents the results of a qualitative analysis of freshmen’ narratives about their perceptions of the relationship between family’s sociocultural status and academic career decision, as well as students’ perceptions about the meaning of their enrolment in HE for their family. Hence, the present study intends also to realize how families’ sociocultural background influences students’ postsecondary choices.
By reflecting on the double meaning of the enrolment in HE: by the family (influence in choice and identity construction of the young adult) and in the family (expectations and social changes in family life), the illusions and expectations of families in face of the HE promises are the main focus of research.
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