Understanding the educational aspirations of ELT students for higher education

Behjoo B. M.

Akdeniz Language Studies Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 2012, vol.70, pp.1062-1069 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 70
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.01.159
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1062-1069


The present study examined the association between English Language Teaching (ELT) freshman student's educational aspirations and factors that influence these aspirations. A sample of 400 male (N=250) and female (N=150) ELT students from three international state universities in Ankara/Turkey was selected. The data for the study were collected through a questionnaire consisting of 30 items measuring ELT students' educational aspirations. A hierarchical multiple regression indicated that commitment to schooling, academic self-concept, family and educational environment were related significantly to educational aspirations and explained a significant proportion of the variance. The results suggest the high aspirations of students are mediated through strong academic self-concept, positive peer support, a commitment to schooling and high educational aspirations in the home while low educational aspirations may have different mediating influences in different students. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of ALSC 2012