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ERIC Number: EJ906851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Constructing Productive Post-School Transitions: An Analysis of Australian Schooling Policies
Billett, Stephen; Thomas, Sue; Sim, Cheryl; Johnson, Greer; Hay, Steve; Ryan, Jill
Journal of Education and Work, v23 n5 p471-489 Nov 2010
Not having clear pathways, or the social means and personal capacities to make a productive transition from schooling, can inhibit young people's participation in social and economic life thereafter. This paper advances an analysis of how policy documents associated with senior schooling from across Australian states address the needs of students who are most at risk of not securing productive transitions. The review identifies that many of the goals emphasised the autonomy of students in taking control of their own transitions. However, such individualistic views downplay the importance of the mediating role that access to cultural, social and economic capital is likely to play in the negotiations involved in making a productive transition. Thus, the needs of "at-risk" students who may have limited access to the forms of capital offering the best support for these negotiations are not well acknowledged in the policies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia