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The graduate, the globetrotter and the good Samaritan: adolescent girls’ visions of themselves in early adulthood


Hawkins, C, The graduate, the globetrotter and the good Samaritan: adolescent girls' visions of themselves in early adulthood, Australian Educational Researcher, 41, (5) pp. 565-583. ISSN 0311-6999 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13384-014-0149-9


Adolescent aspirations have been extensively researched, particularly in the contexts of higher education and the workforce. This paper extends research by exploring how the educational and career aspirations of rural adolescent girls relate to their other future goals. It demonstrates how exploring aspirations, both within and outside of the contexts of higher education and the workforce, enables a deeper understanding of various adolescent aspirations and the interconnections between them. This paper draws on a qualitative study with adolescent girls living in the Cradle Coast region of Tasmania-a rural and remote region where access to a wide range of educational resources and experiences is limited in comparison to those available in metropolitan centres. The paper responds to recent participation policy in Australia that implies young people from rural locations are lacking in aspiration. The article demonstrates that despite rurality, the girls in this study have many aspirations, including those for higher education. It discusses how having many and quite varied aspirations influences the girls’ decision making and planning around their futures. The paper shows that it is the balancing of many future goals that influences educational and career decision-making, rather than low aspirations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aspirations, higher education, early childhood, rurality
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Hawkins, C (Dr Cherie Hawkins)
ID Code:91705
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2014-05-27
Last Modified:2017-06-23

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