Good grades and a desk ‘key for university hopes’

Having a desk to work at, good grades and high expectations from parents, as well being happy at school, are key factors in encouraging children to go on to university, a study suggests. The BBC reports.

Researchers in Croatia found these influences were more important than class size, school, average grades at the school or the wealth of an area.

Researchers from the Institute for Social Research, in Zagreb, asked 1,050 pupils aged 13, 14 and 15 at 23 schools in the city:

  • whether they would like to continue to higher education
  • about their parents’ aspirations for them
  • what level of academic support they received from each of their parents
  • whether they had their own room, computer and desk
  • whether they enjoyed school

They found none of the school-level factors had any influence on the pupils’ desire to continue to higher education.

The report says: “In other words, pupils who have similar individual characteristics but attend different schools will likely hold similar aspirations for higher education.

“An important finding arising from the present study is that parents can influence their child’s aspirations by expressing their expectations regarding the child’s educational path and by providing the basic conditions for completing homework and learning (ie a desk to work on).”

Read more about the reports and it’s findings Good grades and a desk ‘key for university hopes’ 

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  1. Teerrit

    For me, this is a dubious research. Since basically, the desire to go to university depends on whether the parents have a higher education and, most importantly, whether the parents managed to convey the importance of higher education to the child. If parents took an active part in the education of the child, then most likely the child will go to university. Personally, I know that this is important and in order to study well, I use since thanks to this service I have time to work to pay for my training.

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