ERIC Number: EJ768278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Adolescents' Constructions of Supports and Barriers to Educational and Career Attainment
Kenny, Maureen E.; Gualdron, Leyla; Scanlon, David; Sparks, Elizabeth; Blustein, David L.; Jernigan, Maryam
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v54 n3 p336-343 Jul 2007
This study presents the educational and career goals and perceptions of supports and barriers related to these goals as described in semistructured interviews of 16 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds attending 9th grade at an urban public high school in a large Northeastern city. Using consensual qualitative research (CQR) methodology (C. E. Hill et al., 2005), the authors identified categories and subcategories to students' perceptions of barriers and supports. The findings highlight students' understanding of how their proximal contexts serve potentially as both supports and barriers. Implications for educational and career interventions are discussed.
Descriptors: Grade 9, Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Access to Education, Urban Schools, High Schools, Interviews, Adolescents, Goal Orientation, Career Choice, Student Educational Objectives, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.