‘No one in our family ever went to college’: Parents’ orientations towards their children’s post-secondary education and future occupations
Margaret Scanlon, Fred Powell, Pat Leahy, Hilary Jenkinson, School of Applied Social Studies, Ireland ; Olive Byrne, UCC Plus Programme, Ireland
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 93, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This article presents an analysis of parents’ expectations and aspirations regarding their children’s education and future occupations. Drawing on interviews with parents from disadvantaged communities in Ireland, we consider parents’ perceptions of the value of education (particularly further and higher education), and how they see their own role in relation to their children’s education and future plans. Our findings suggest that parents valued education as a means of securing a ‘good job’ and wanted their children to progress further in the educational system than they had. At the same time, there were notable variations in the manner of parental engagement with their children’s education and decision-making. Our findings are considered in the context of debates on social class and education.
Scanlon, M., Powell, F., Leahy, P., Jenkinson, H. & Byrne, O. (2019). ‘No one in our family ever went to college’: Parents’ orientations towards their children’s post-secondary education and future occupations. International Journal of Educational Research, 93(1), 13-22. Elsevier Ltd.