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Geographical dimensions of imagined futures: post school participation in education and work in peri-urban and regional Australia

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by S C Webb, Ros BlackRos Black, S J Plowright, R Morton, Reshmi RoyReshmi Roy
This paper discusses preliminary findings from a sub-set of empirical data collected for a recent NCVER study that explored the geographic dimensions of social exclusion in four locations in Victoria and South Australia with lower than average post school education participation. Set against the policy context of the Bradley Review (2008) and the drive to increase the post-school participation of young people from low socio-economic status neighbourhoods, this qualitative research study, responding to identified gaps in the literature, sought a nuanced understanding of how young people make decisions about their post-school pathways. Drawing on Appadurai’s (2004) concept ‘horizons of aspiration’ the paper explores the aspirations of two young people formed from, and within, their particular rural ‘neighborhoods’. The paper reveals how their post-school education and work choices, imagined futures and conceptions of a ‘good life’, have topographic and gendered influences that are important considerations for policy makers.

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Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference

Pagination

1 - 20

Publisher

Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association

Location

Cairns

Place of publication

Crows Nest, N.S.W.

Start date

2014-04-22

End date

2014-04-24

ISBN-13

978-0-9805275-3-7

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2014, Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association

Title of proceedings

Refereed proceedings, annual meeting of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association

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