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Title: Educational choice in secondary school in Flanders: The relative impact of occupational interests on option choice
Authors: Pinxten, Maarten ×
De Fraine, Bieke
Van Den Noortgate, Wim
Van Damme, Jan
Anumendem, Dickson #
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Publisher: Swets & Zeitlinger
Series Title: Educational Research and Evaluation vol:18 issue:6 pages:541-569
Abstract: The present study aims at unravelling the myriad of student-level (i.e., gender, socioeconomic status [SES], academic self-concept, achievement, ability, and occupational interests) and school-level (i.e., gender composition, maths composition, and SES composition) determinants of option choice in the academic track of secondary school in Flanders. We focused on 2 decisional
thresholds in Flemish secondary education, namely, the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 (N¼2518) and from Grade 10 to Grade 11 (N¼2871). Data were analyzed through multinomial multilevel analysis. Our results strongly confirm Lent’s (2005) jigsaw puzzle metaphor in that different factors go into a complex and dynamic interplay. Especially in the first grades, prior achievement is a major
predictor of option choice in secondary education, whereas in the last years occupational interests become increasingly important. From a gender perspective, boys rather choose math/sciences-oriented options than girls. Option choice is mainly determined by student-level rather than school-level predictors.
ISSN: 1380-3611
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Educational Effectiveness and Evaluation
Leuven Statistics Research Centre (LStat)
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Campus Kulak Kortrijk – miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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