Precursors to the Gender Gap in College Enrollment: Children’s Aspirations and Expectations for Their Futures (Report)

In light of the increasing gender gap in college enrollment, data from two waves of interviews with 115 elementary and middle school children were examined for developmental and gender differences in participants’ aspirations and expectations for their futures. While there were no gender differences in children’s educational aspirations or expectations, girls were more likely than boys to aspire to careers that require a college education, more likely to emphasize career advancement in their rationale for attending college, and less likely to choose sex-typed occupations. Implications for professional school counselors are discussed. **********

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