Expectancy of Chinese Parents and Children's Cognitive Abilities

Authors:
Guiping Ji, Shulan Jiao, Qicheng Jing
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207599308246965
Pages:
821-830
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 28 Issue 6

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A total of 142 first grade and 188 fifth grade schoolchildren from Beijing were tested on 11 cognitive tasks. The parents of these children were surveyed with questionnaires to obtain family background materials, and were asked about their expectancies of their children's future careers and future educational achievements. It was found that fifth grade children from high career (professional) expectancy fathers tend to have better developed cognitive abilities, however there is no career expectancy effect on first grade children. Children from high school achievement expectancy fathers tend to have better developed cognitive skills, this educational expectancy effect is stronger for fifth grade children than first grade children. There is a general trend that the higher the educational level of the fathers, the higher expectancy they have for their children.

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