Aspirations, Education and Social Justice

Aspirations, Education and Social Justice

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Caroline Hart presents a radical new paradigm for thinking about the role of education in the development of human flourishing. The book applies Amartya Sen's capability approach to understanding the nature of aspirations in the policy context of strategies to widen participation in higher education. Sen's work is synthesised with key concepts from Pierre Bourdieu to develop a framework for understanding the processes through which young people are enabled and disabled in relation to developing and achieving their aspirations. Drawing on an empirical study involving 600 young people aged 17-19 in their final years of education, this text explores the hopes and dreams of these young people for the future. The young people's voices challenge dominant discourses of aspiration, well-being and advantage, and invite readers to rethink their own positions on these issues.In this example, she describes how she feels her teachers perceived her and how this related to her predicted grades: I was always quite ... and as a result she was faced with rewriting her personal statement for the Universities Central Admissions System (UCAS) form. ... I was supposed to get an A but Igot a C in the end because Ia#39;m just not very good at exams and writing essays and stufflike that.

Title:Aspirations, Education and Social Justice
Author: Caroline Sarojini Hart
Publisher:A&C Black - 2012-11-22

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