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To stay or to go? 'At risk' young women speak about their influences and experiences in making decisions about post-compulsory schooling

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrea Allard, Julie Mcleod
Recent research indicates that young women who leave school early (ie at or before year 10) are the group most 'at risk' of becoming only marginally attached to the labour force or unemployed. Young women from low socio-economic backgrounds are more often those who 'choose' to leave schooling, often for complex reasons, some of which are only marginally connected to their schooling experiences. In order to better understand-and address-the needs of this cohort, it is necessary to examine the multi layered connections between students' lives in and out of school.

This paper reports on the initial stage of a three year ARC-funded study, 'Young women negotiating from the margins of education and work.' In interviews and focus groups, young women identified as 'at risk' of leaving school early speak about the factors that have influenced their decisions. We examine the data with specific reference to the question: what type of social capital do these young women deploy in making their choices? Recent research (Croninger & Lee, 2001) suggest that teachers' support and guidance are a form of social capital that can make a difference, particularly in regards to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We discuss the young women's and teachers' interview data in light of recent debates about social capital and education.

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1 - 18

Location

Adelaide, S. Aust.

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  • Yes

Start date

2003-10-28

End date

2003-10-30

Language

eng

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L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)

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2003, The Authors

Title of proceedings

ACSA 2003 : Conversactions : conversations and actions

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