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Students as Rational Decision-Makers: The Question of Beliefs and Attitudes

Sullivan, Alice (2006) Students as Rational Decision-Makers: The Question of Beliefs and Attitudes. London Review of Education, 4 (3). pp. 271-290. ISSN 1474-8460. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Rational choice theorists have analysed rates of participation in post-compulsory education, and, in particular, class differentials in these rates. Various claims have been made about the motivations of student decision-makers, but these claims have not been grounded empirically. This paper will assess the question of whether students’ attitudes to education and beliefs about their own academic abilities vary according to social background and gender. Evidence is presented that students’ attitudes to education do not vary greatly according to gender or social background, but that both the social background and gender of students affect their perception of their own abilities.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Secondary school, Sociology, Social-class, gender, education, inequality, rational-choice theory, cultural capital.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 16:45
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:13
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