Journal article

Educational inequality and transitions to university in Australia: aspirations, agency and constraints

John Polesel, Mary Leahy, Shelley Gillis

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This paper is based on research into the destinations and aspirations of school leavers in Australia. It investigates the relationship between the transition to university for different groups of students and their own and their parents’ and teachers’ expectations. It draws on Bourdieu, Boudon, Nussbaum and others to investigate the way young people construct their aspirations. It examines the limits of young people’s agency, which is bound by their understanding of the hidden and informal rules that govern access to different spaces within the curriculum as well as access to post-school destinations. Navigating these transitions is becoming more important and more complex with the increasin..

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Grants

Awarded by New South Wales Board of Vocational Education and Training


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the New South Wales Board of Vocational Education and Training [grant GIPA-15-183].