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Teenagers’ Expectations of Applying to University: How do they Change?

Anders, J; Micklewright, J; (2015) Teenagers’ Expectations of Applying to University: How do they Change? Education Sciences , 5 (4) pp. 281-305. 10.3390/educsci5040281. Green open access

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Abstract

We show how young people’s expectations about application to university change during the teenage years, drawing on the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). We reveal the pattern of change by family background, prior attainment at the end of primary school (measured by Key Stage 2 tests) and, critically, the combination of the two. We document the relationship between expectations about university application and the decision on whether to stay on in full-time education at 16. We point to the importance of schools in sustaining or changing expectations. We relate the expectations reported by the teenagers in LSYPE to their actual university application decisions by age 20 or 21. Expectations are high but not universally high. Family background gaps in expectations widen during the teenage years.

Type: Article
Title: Teenagers’ Expectations of Applying to University: How do they Change?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/educsci5040281
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/educsci5040281
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: expectations; university application; family background; LSYPE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473581
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