ERIC Number: EJ970636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Aspiring Girls: Great Expectations or Impossible Dreams?
Richards, Gill; Posnett, Carol
Educational Studies, v38 n3 p249-259 2012
This study explores girls' aspirations for their future. The context was an ex-coalmining area where concerns had been raised by the local authority about the levels of girls' achievement. The focus of the research was the views of Year 6 girls as they prepared for their transition to secondary school and Year 11 girls as they prepared for their transition to post-compulsory school life. Perspectives of their staff were also sought, focusing on the impact of school and its community on girls' aspirations. Findings indicated that while the aspirations of the primary school girls were similar, those of the secondary girls differed significantly. Staff viewed this as reflective of the local context and school ethos. These responses offer a basis on which schools could build strategies to increase aspirations and provide support towards their achievement.
Descriptors: Females, Womens Education, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Foreign Countries, Grade 6, Grade 11, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, School Culture, Environmental Influences, Working Class, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 6; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom