Home environment and educational transitions on the path to college in rural northwest China

Tanja Sargent, Peggy Kong, Yuping Zhang

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Abstract

In China, the National College Entrance Examination (gaokao) is an important gateway to future life outcomes. In this paper, we analyze longitudinal survey data from two waves (2004 and 2009) of the Gansu Survey of Children and Families to examine the home environment factors that predict successful transitions on the path to participation in the college entrance examination among rural youth in Gansu province. Our results show that parents play a crucial role in determining their children's life chances through their shaping of a nurturing home learning environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-109
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Educational attainment
  • Educational expectations
  • Family environment
  • Parent role
  • Parent-child relationship

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