Gendered Paths: Educational and Occupational Expectations and Outcomes Among Adult Children of Immigrants
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 1087-1118, November 2005
32 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2011
Date Written: 2005
This article examines young adults’ educational and occupational trajectories over a ten-year period using panel data from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) in California. While many of the young men and women in the study are on straightforward paths to socioeconomic success, others are falling well short of their goals and imagined futures. Males begin with lower educational and occupational expectations than females in junior high school, and are also less likely to translate high expectations into realities in early adulthood. While some occupational choices remain traditionally gendered, females are more likely than males to aspire to and to attain the highest status occupations, even those that are male-dominated. Early educational expectations are important predictors of subsequent success for both males and females. But determinants of outcomes differ significantly for men and women, showing how paths are segmented not only by class and ethnicity, but also by gender.
Keywords: Immigration, gender, education, occupations, aspirations, early adulthood, Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study
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