Gendered pathways to educational aspirations: The role of academic self-concept, school burnout, achievement and interest in mathematics and reading

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List of Authors: Johan Korhonen, Anna Tapola, Karin Linnanmäki, Pirjo Aunio
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Learning and Instruction
Journal acronym: LEARN INSTR
Volume number: 46
Start page: 21
End page: 33
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 0959-4752
eISSN: 1873-3263


The aim of this study was to examine lower secondary school students' (N = 1152) pathways to educational aspirations. The study used multi-group structural equation modelling to investigate the predictions of academic self-concept, school burnout, achievement, and interest in mathematics and reading, in relation to educational aspirations for boys and girls. While certain factors were influential for students' academic aspirations irrespective of gender, some interesting differences also emerged. Academic self-concept and interest in reading predicted educational aspirations for both groups. However, gendered pathways emerged in how achievement and interest in mathematics predicted educational aspirations. Interest in mathematics predicted girls' educational aspirations, whereas mathematics achievement was a significant predictor for boys. School burnout had negative indirect effects through interest in reading and mathematics in both groups, but for girls, there was also a direct positive effect on educational aspirations. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Educational aspirations, Mathematics, Reading, School burnout

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