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The academic performance gap between social classes and parenting practices in Korea

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  • The academic performance gap between social classes and parenting practices in Korea
  • Shin, Myung Ho
  • Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)


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Title The academic performance gap between social classes and parenting practices in Korea
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Author(English)

Shin, Myung Ho

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR):vol. 2(no. 1)
Pages 34
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This study attempts, using qualitative research methods, to identify a series of complex processes and mechanisms that turn the differences in parents’ education level and occupational status into the gaps between their children’s academic achievements. Highly educated parents with high occupational status are obsessed with top universities while less educated parents with low occupational status tend to be less interested in educational capital. Highly educated upper-middle-class parents themselves have strong educational aspirations. They also try to inspire educational aspirations and academic enthusiasm in their children through their early and deep involvement in a long-term educational strategy. They repeatedly teach their children to have aspirations toward higher professional status as well as a competitive attitude in academic performance. In contrast, the less educated working-class parents do not emphasize the importance of having a high level of education and ‘a good educational background’ to their children. (The rest omitted)