Release:2018, Vol. 2. №3
About the author:Victor V. Nagaytsev, Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Empirical Sociology and Conflictology, Altai State University (Barnaul, Russian Federation); firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern scholars agree that a true modernization of the existing education system in Russia is impossible, unless sufficient attention is paid to the educational plans of high school students. This research aims to analyse the influence of social factors on the formation of educational plans for students of senior classes of secondary educational institutions. The objectives of the study also include a) the study of the entire system of interaction of the recorded factors, b) the determination of their potential, and c) the identification of the main consequences of the impact of individual factors on the educational plans of schoolchildren. The article presents the results of an empirical sociological study of high school students, conducted in the spring of 2018. 268 people were interviewed, who, at the time of the study, were all students of 11th grade at Barnaul educational schools. The results show that the process of formation of educational plans occurs under the influence of a variety of factors: the social status of parents or guardians of children; the opinions of members of their inner circle; indicators of academic performance at school, etc. The authors conclude that the parents’ position and the opinion of the friends of a high school student plays a significant role on the child’s future. It seems appropriate to carry out such studies in the monitoring mode, not only in the city of Barnaul, but also in the Altai Region as a whole.