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ERIC Number: EJ865031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Life Course Research Design for Transitional Labour Market Research
Fehring, Heather; Bessant, Judith
Journal of Education and Work, v22 n2 p81-90 Apr 2009
This paper draws on research that documents the work, financial and personal benefits, and skill trajectories of trade and bachelor graduates' for the 10 years after completion of their initial education. The primary aim of the project is to better understand how people draw on their initial education and training. We suggest that while there is some value in using quantitative methods, one of our key objectives has been to develop a qualitative or interpretive research design that allows a better understanding why and how workers seek the employment they do, why they pursue promotion or acquire additional skills and why they change their occupational careers. We argue in this paper that use of an interpretive approach provides rich in-depth data that can be used to follow the decision-making steps taken by people as they proceed through their working lives. In this paper, we consider the benefits methodologically and conceptually of adopting what is referred to as a life-course research design. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth