October 2, 2020

A Multination Study of Socioeconomic Inequality in Expectations for Progression to Higher Education: The Role of Between-School Tracking and Ability Stratification (Australian Catholica University, University College London)

October 2, 2020

Philip D. Parker, John Jerrim, Ingrid Schoon, Herbert W. Marsh   In recent decades there have been significant declines in inequality of expectations and attainment for tertiary education by gender and ethnicity. But large differences in educational expectations and attainment by socioeconomic status have remained. Educational expectations are the most important predictor of attainment, but […]

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October 1, 2020

The Aspiration Gap (The Prince’s Trust)

October 1, 2020

This report by the Prince’s Trust highlights an “aspiration gap” as the pandemic in the UK impacts young people’s ambitions and aspirations. According to the survey, more than a third of young people (39%) have abandoned their aspirations for the year ahead. This increases significantly among those respondents who are NEET. 44% of NEET young […]

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September 3, 2020

Young people’s aspirations for education, work, family and leisure

September 3, 2020

Young people’s aspirations for education, work, family and leisure Paula McDonald Queensland University of Technology, Australia Barbara Pini Curtin University, Australia Janis Bailey Griffith University, Australia Robin Price Queensland University of Technology, Australia   Abstract Young people are arguably facing more ‘complex and contested’ transitions to adulthood and an increasing array of ‘non-linear’ paths. Education […]

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August 28, 2020

The capacity to aspire to higher education: ‘It’s like making them do a play without a script’

August 28, 2020

Jessica Bok     To cite this article: Jessica Bok (2010) The capacity to aspire to higher education: ‘It’s likemaking them do a play without a script’, Critical Studies in Education, 51:2, 163-178, DOI:10.1080/17508481003731042   Aspiration is a prominent concept in higher education policy debates. However, reference to this concept is often made in terms […]

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July 7, 2020

Is Science for Us?

July 7, 2020

Is Science for Us? Black Students’ and Parents’ Views of Science and Science Careers Louise Archer, Jennifer Dewitt DEPS, King’s College, London, UK Jonathan Osborne Graduate School of Education, Stanford DOI 10.1002/sce.21146 Published online 18 February 2015 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com)   Read the full paper: Is science for us?   ABSTRACT: There are […]

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June 2, 2020

Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations

June 2, 2020

Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations Journal of Research in Rural Education, Winter, 1993, Vol. 9, No.3, 170-178 Emil J. Haller, Cornell University Sarah J. Virkler, University of Buffalo   This 1993 journal article explored the aspirations of rural and nonrural young people in the USA. It concluded that socio economic status […]

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March 25, 2019

PISA in Focus #93 – Why Don’t More Girls Choose to Pursue a Science Career?

March 25, 2019

OECD (February 2019) Read the report here. In the latest issue of PISA in Focus, the authors explore data from the 2015 wave of PISA to examine gender differences in global science performance and why more girls don’t pursue a science career. Across the 67 PISA participating countries, boys outperform girls in science in 22 […]

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December 15, 2016

Why some kids are more likely to follow their dreams….

December 15, 2016

By Dr Jennifer DeWitt, Research Fellow at King’s College London What did you want to be when you grew up? What were your aspirations when you were at school? A ballerina? A fire fighter? An astronaut? For most of us, our aspirations are deeply connected with how we see ourselves now and in the future. […]

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