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Title: Is there any chance to get ahead? Education aspirations and expectations of migrant families in China
Authors: Koo, A 
Keywords: aspiration
China
education
expectation
migrant children
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Source: British journal of sociology of education, 2012, v. 33, no. 4, p. 547-564 How to cite?
Journal: British Journal of Sociology of Education 
Abstract: In China, there is a growing group of 'migrant children', who reside in the city but do not have full rights to access education. Many have been granted a chance to study in public schools after the policy change, but they continue to have lower educational outcomes than the local students. To understand the inequality, this paper examines the educational goals of migrant families in Beijing. Based on the field interviews, it shows that even migrant children who aspire to attain higher education are nonetheless 'blocked' by discriminatory examination laws and limited resources. Their subjective outlook is derived from objective conditions and concrete experiences. Their family of origin determines the types of resources available to them, and thus plays an important role in the formation and justification of their educational goals. A realistic assessment of their chances of achieving their aspirations leads them to have lower expectations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8986
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2012.678755
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