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Youth transition in Australia: challenging assumptions of linearity and choice


te Riele, K, Youth transition in Australia: challenging assumptions of linearity and choice, Journal of Youth Studies, 7, (3) pp. 243-257. ISSN 1367-6261 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1080/1367626042000268908


Youth educational transitions have transformed since the 1970s, in response to dramatic changes in the labour market and associated policy shifts in relation to post‐compulsory education. Assumptions in current youth and education policy of linearity and choice in educational transition, however, do not match the practice of this transformation. This article challenges both these policy assumptions by drawing on the experiences of students at two Senior Colleges in the state of New South Wales. Findings suggest that non‐linear transitions may be beneficial and represent successful attainment of adult status. Furthermore, individual choice was found to be restricted by external factors, including actions by adults, schools and systems. The presentation of research results in this article aims to contribute to a reconceptualisation of educational transition, in order for policy to better match transition experiences in contemporary society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education, marginalised youth, linearity, choice
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:113849
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2017-01-24
Last Modified:2017-04-20

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