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Travelling hopefully: an exploration of the limited possibilities for Level 1 students in the English further education system

Atkins, Liz (2008) Travelling hopefully: an exploration of the limited possibilities for Level 1 students in the English further education system. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 13 (2). pp. 195-204. ISSN 1359-6748

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Abstract

This paper discusses the findings of a small‐scale qualitative study exploring the aspirations and learning identities of three groups of Level 1 students in two English further education (FE) colleges. Emerging identities are explored in the context of classed and gendered dispositions and the educational positioning of the young people. Empirical sections show that the young people’s lifestyle aspirations have a heavy celebrity influence and that their occupational aspirations have an unreal, dreamlike quality associated with a lack of awareness of the trajectories they would need to follow to achieve their ambitions. Further, the paper argues that whilst the young people are developing identities in which learning, leisure, work and domesticity are synonymous, leisure identities assume the greatest importance to them. The paper concludes that this aspect of their young lives is significant since it provides an ‘escape’ from the mundane drudgery of a low‐value vocational programme and the inevitability of a future engaged in low‐paid, low‐skillled work.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 11:37
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 09:20
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11754

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