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Personal Features of Educational Trajectories' Formation of Vocational Education Students

Student: Olga Romanova

Supervisor: Fedor Dudyrev

Faculty: Institute of Education

Educational Programme: Evidence-based Educational Policy (Master)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2017

This work is devoted to the study of the formation of educational trajectories by students of secondary vocational education (VET), who chose college education in spite of the predictors of parents’ high educational levels. The study proves the relationship between the level of personality trait "grit" and the choice of the educational track after the 9th grade. Children who choose to continue studying at school are significantly more persistent than peers who go to colleges and technical schools. Despite the choice against the parents' education predictors, the group of VET students does not differ in their perseverance from fellow students who reproduce the lower educational status of the family. The obtained results find an explanation in the qualitative part of the paper, which is devoted to the study of other personal and family characteristics of students making a choice that is different from statistically legitimate. The first stage of the study was carried out using statistical methods of data analysis on a sample of the national panel of the longitudinal research of the Higher School of Economics "Trajectories in education and profession". The second stage of the work included the analysis of 10 cases of students who chose a professional track, despite higher education attainment of their parents. Key words: educational trajectories, vocational track, vocational education, cultural capital, educational capital, grit, personal traits.

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