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Aspirations and opportunity structures: 13-year-olds in areas with restricted opportunities

Furlong, A., and Cartmel, F. (1995) Aspirations and opportunity structures: 13-year-olds in areas with restricted opportunities. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23 (3). pp. 361-375. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

Some of the ways in which the occupational and educational aspirations and expectations of 13-year-olds are influenced by local opportunity structures are examined. The educational and occupational aspirations of 13-year-olds in contrasting local labour markets are explored, along with the ways in which their plans may be affected by living in an area with restricted opportunities. It is argued that differences in aspirations and expectations are largely explained by the socio-economic location of families rather than by the structure of the local labour market. However, 13-year-olds have an awareness of the limited nature of local job opportunities, and many realise that migration may be necessary if they are to fulfil their aspirations.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Cartmel, Mr Fred and Furlong, Prof Andy
Authors: Furlong, A., and Cartmel, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0306-9885
ISSN (Online):1469-3534
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