Educational Aspirations Versus Educational Expectations in Turkey
Aspiration and expectation affect each other directly and aspirations are distinguishable from expectations; in other words there is a difference between what people hope to achieve and what they expect to achieve. Level of educational aspiration which influences an individual’s educational status attainment, and level of educational expectation which describes the level of the educational hierarchy one’s educational definers deem appropriate for him.
In this study, the transformation of students’ aspirations from idealistic to realistic, due to labor market conditions in Turkey is analyzed. 400 students educational aspirations were measured in 11th grade in 2014 and their educational plans are asked in 12th grade 2015. The striking change of educational aspirations of students are analyzed and possible determinants of the change is discussed sociologically.