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      Students as rational decision-makers: the question of beliefs and attitudes

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      London Review of Education
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            Rational choice theorists have analysed rates of participation in post-compulsory education, and, in particular, class differentials in these rates. Various claims have been made about the motivations of student decision-makers, but these claims have not been grounded empirically. This paper will assess the question of whether students' attitudes to education and beliefs about their own academic abilities vary according to social background and gender. Evidence is presented that students' attitudes to education do not vary greatly according to gender or social background, but that both the social background and gender of students affect their perception of their own abilities.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 November 2006
            : 4
            : 3
            : 271-290
            Article
            1474-8460(20061101)4:3L.271;1- s4.phd /ioep/clre/2006/00000004/00000003/art00004
            10.1080/14748460601043965
            82036096-fb44-44e4-b69f-836e2f4d9871
            Copyright @ 2006
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education

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