March 27, 2022

Apprenticeship Outreach: Engaging with under-represented groups to improve social mobility

March 27, 2022

Executive Summary The report provides evidence that show that while many associate apprenticeships with social mobility and disadvantaged groups, diversifying workplaces through apprenticeships isn’t something that happens automatically. It requires concerted effort to target, inform and support under-represented groups, to prevent the most sought-after opportunities going to the already advantaged. Work experience plays a key […]

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March 20, 2022

Trends Shaping Education 2022

March 20, 2022

OECD Executive Summary Trends Shaping Education is designed to support long-term strategic thinking in education. It provides an overview of key economic, social, demographic and technological trends and raises pertinent questions about their impact on education. Examining the future of education in the context of global trends has two main goals. First, it is necessary […]

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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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