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ERIC Number: EJ1059735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1881
Educational Trust: Relational and Structural Perspectives on Young People on the Margins of the Education System
Görlich, Anne; Katznelson, Noemi
Educational Research, v57 n2 p201-215 2015
Background: Across Europe and the Nordic countries, it is widely agreed that the high proportion of 15-30-year olds not in employment, education or training is a challenge, which needs to be tackled by focusing on education. The political and institutional focus is on individual training readiness, individual qualification processes, individual building of confidence in oneself and so forth, culminating in an overall individual perspective. Purpose: The study argues for a shift in focus away from an individual perspective on young people on the margins of education and towards a relational perspective that takes the social environment and the education system into account. Sample: Respondents were 20 young people aged 17-24 who were participating in a specific project in a provincial town in Denmark, the aim of which was to encourage the youths to re-enter education. Design and methods: Qualitative data were collected through: (1) 40 semi-structured qualitative interviews with 11 young people on the margins of the education system, and (2) observations of 11 respondents' participation in educational activity. The analysis was based on relational and social constructionist theories. Findings: The analysis of data from this small-scale study provides evidence to suggest that a shift in the current focus on the individual young person on the margins of education is needed. The concept of "educational trust" is introduced as a supplement to the individual concept of self-confidence in order to capture the socially constructed aspects of the young adult's participation in education. Conclusions: We identify three overall components of educational trust: (1) social security and recognition, (2) flexibility in structures and (3) progression in skills. The concept of educational trust, it is suggested, creates a shift in focus from the individual young person to the role and function of the education system in aiming to reach the target of more young people completing education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark