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ERIC Number: EJ870120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
Educational Decision-Making: Rationality and the Impact of Time
Adshead, Lesley; Jamieson, Anne
Studies in the Education of Adults, v40 n2 p143-159 Aut 2008
This paper explores educational decision-making within a life course perspective. It draws on interviews carried out with 34 people, ages 30-81, as part of a longitudinal study into educational experiences of part-time mature students in continuing education at a London university. It considers to what extent their decisions about study are technically rational, as assumed in much policy making. The key focus is on whether there is any evidence that adults become increasingly agentic and rational as they progress through the life course. Our findings suggest that educational decision-making does shift from decisions in young adults being heavily influenced by others, to more autonomous and rational decisions in later life. However the picture was complex with more heterogeneity discernable in mid life, as the effect of structural factors became more evident, especially in the ways choices related to gendered career and family roles. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom