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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