Educational expectations of Asian American youths: Determinants and ethnic differences

Kimberly Goyette, Yu Xie

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The study presented here explored three factors that may explain why distinct Asian American groups have higher educational expectations than do whites: favorable socioeconomic and background characteristics, demonstrated academic ability, and parents' high expectations. With data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study, the authors used linear and logistic multivariate regression models to examine these differences in educational expectations. The analyses indicated that although all Asian American ethnic groups have higher expectations than whites, the higher educational expectations of Asian American groups that are well assimilated into U.S. society are principally influenced by socioeconomic and demographic factors. Parental expectations generally explain a large portion of children's high educational expectations for all Asian American groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-36
Number of pages15
JournalSociology of Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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