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ERIC Number: EJ847743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0160-5429
Saint Lucian Youth in Focus: Aspirations of Saint Lucian Rural Primary School Students
Donelly, Eva
International Education, v35 n2 p82-104 Spr 2006
The adolescent years are often turbulent, for they signal a very important developmental period recognized across all known societies as one of transition or a rite of passage--a period that signals changes in status, responsibilities, and rights. In addition, this era is often marked by "biological, cognitive, and socioemotional changes," and a struggle to form individual adult identity. One of the major expressions of this adult identity struggle is the formulation of educational and occupational aspirations by young people. For 10- to 13-year-old Caribbean students, the secondary schools they aspire to attend, postsecondary educational and occupational aspirations they want to pursue, and even the kind of family they want to nurture are some of the decisions they must make amidst the pressures of adult-centered and examination-driven curricula, stigmas, economic and academic circumstances, and teachers', parents', caregivers', relatives', and the education system's prophecy of their possible failure. Many Caribbean students hold aspirations, the actualization of which is affected by a range of factors. This article presents the survey findings of the educational and occupational aspirations of students (10 to 13 years) at a rural primary school in Saint Lucia. The article outlines the nature and distribution of student aspirations and the factors that are likely to affect these aspirations. This article also presents the broader economic and educational context in which Saint Lucian students function, in addition to inadequacies of prior research in adolescents' aspirations. The intent of this research is to assist parents, educators, and policy makers to redirect their efforts in seeing to the educational and holistic development of adolescents in developing regions such as the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saint Lucia