Silver bullet or red herring?: new evidence on the place of aspirations in education

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Author: St. Clair, Ralf; Kintrea, Keith; Houston, Muir


This article reports on a longitudinal study of student aspirations at the ages of 13 and 15 in three schools in the United Kingdom, where there has been a great deal of emphasis placed on aspirations in recent policy making. The data, based on individual interviews with 490 students in areas with significant deprivation as well as interviews with parents, teachers and community members, call into question the effectiveness of concentrating educational efforts on raising aspirations. Aspirations, even in these communities struggling with poverty, are very high - the missing element is...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Secondary education; Youth; Equity; Disadvantaged; Outcomes

Keywords: Aspirations; Socioeconomic background; Low income group; Poverty; Youth at risk

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal volume: 39

Journal number: 6

Journal date: December 2013

Pages: pp. 719-738

ISSN: 0305-4985, 1465-3915 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 115.58

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