Dismissing disaffection: young people's attitudes towards education, employment and participation in a deprived community.

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Abstract

This article examines whether young people in a deprived area are disaffected with education, training and employment, or disengaged from participation in their community. It draws upon evidence from the Drumchapel Aspirations Survey, a study of the attitudes, aspirations and skills of young people from one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. The study involved a survey of young people in two secondary schools in the Drumchapel area, and focus groups with recent school-leavers. The research explored young people's outlooks at a critical life-stage transition: their levels of social participation, existing skills, future employment and training ambitions, and their understandings of the processes involved in the transition to employment. These data are analysed to examine whether there is evidence of any rejection of mainstream values or an oppositional culture among young people in this deprived community or among any sub-groups within it. The Drumchapel Aspirations Survey study demonstrates that there is no evidence that young people in Drumchapel are disaffected or disengaged; however, indications of skills and aspiration gaps between different types of young people merit further attention and action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-160
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • aspiration
  • achievement
  • education in Scotland
  • deprived communities

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