Identifier

etd-05192014-201105

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The purpose of this mixed -methods study was to investigate the educational aspirations of Turkish-American middle and high school students. For comparison purposes students from other ethnic groups were also included in the study. Factors related to family, school and the individual student were examined through survey data and interviews. In addition, possible barriers to educational goals, preferred area of study, and perceived parent support were explored. Interview with Turkish-American parents revealed types of parental supports and insights about their understanding of children’s experiences and performance. The results of the ordinal regression analyses revealed that parents’ expectations and school achievement were the most influential factors on educational aspirations of Turkish American middle and high school students. Parents’ expectations and generation level (immigrant status) were found most influential for the group of other ethnic students included in the study.

Date

2014

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Kennedy, Eugene

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