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ERIC Number: ED432023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 23
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Dreams of the Future in an Era of Change: Longitudinal Qualitative Research Speaks Back to Policy Studies.
Yates, Lyn
This paper examines young peoples' ideas and their dreams of the future. It is part of a longitudinal study in which students at four schools in Australia were interviewed twice a year during their time in secondary school. The paper claims that this long-term engagement with individuals heightened specificity of the dreams, though it was difficult to interpret this specificity in interactions with more general processes. The study draws attention to the types of questions researchers ask and self-reflectively questions how the research affects the students in the study, and whether the young people were making reflexive judgments about themselves and about the researchers. The first section of the report considers three male students of non-English backgrounds and illustrates the problem with "data-base" type representations of ethnicity as a single construct of advantage or disadvantage, as well as some issues relating to how the study may affect the students in it. The second section explores girls' aspirations and discusses findings from the study. The article examines the different influences of ethnicity among the students and the ways in which cultural change, educational reform, and gendered psychology may be producing certain orientations to the future in early adolescent middle-class girls. Contains 21 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia