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ERIC Number: EJ821004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
"I Can't Do Any More Education": Class, Individualisation and Educational Decision-Making
Morrison, Andrew
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v60 n4 p349-362 Dec 2008
This paper, drawing upon a recent study of youth post-compulsory educational and occupational decision-making, argues for a culturalist perspective to understand the persistence of class-based inequalities within VET. The paper begins by outlining two broadly distinct perspectives within current research into youth: an "individualist" approach influenced by the work of Ulrich Beck and a "culturalist" approach influenced by Pierre Bourdieu. Findings from the author's own study of a sample of AVCE students are then employed to interrogate the explanatory utility of these two perspectives. The students, working-class high achievers, exhibited a strong subjective sense of choice and individual responsibility combined with a tacit sense of class voiced in discourses that constructed a "practical" rather than "academic" self and which actively resisted the value of higher education. It is concluded from this that a Bourdieu-influenced culturalist methodology offers the greatest potential to understand how class-based educational identities may interrelate with apparently individualised identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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