Children's Lives, Children's Futures: A Study of Children by Paul Croll

By Paul Croll

This highly topical monograph makes a speciality of how young children of their first yr of highschool believe approximately institution, its position of their lives and its position of their futures. The theoretical context of the research is the focal point in academic experiences on children’s voice and children’s energetic position in schooling, including the point of interest within the sociology of adolescence on childrens as energetic constructors in their lives and adolescence as a topic of significant research. the significance of younger people’s lifestyles plans and the alignment among schooling and objectives used to be acknowledged within the Sloan origin learn of yank little ones. in lots of Western societies there's trouble that youngsters from much less advantaged social backgrounds have restricted aspirations, and are disproportionately not likely to visit collage. This publication is very proper to figuring out the character of children’s engagement with schooling, the alternatives and constraints they adventure and the explanations a few kids fail to exploit academic opportunities.>

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No, he will get a wife and kids. I know I really want them, all boys do I think. Yes, all boys do want them but it's not you that have to carry them. How can you even think about children now? I just can't imagine thinking about children now! And later: Rachel: Georgina: Children . . I really don't know if I want them. I just don't know how you could think about children now. It's just too far away. They're definitely not in my top three. 1 show, Rachel and Georgina are statistically more representative in not having families in their top three, but the views of Edward are not at all unusual and, whether or not they were in their top Children and the future 35 three, a substantial majority of both boys and girls wanted marriage and children as part of their futures and commonly discussed them seriously in the interviews.

Jobs for what? As well as talking about jobs in terms of the need for qualifications and other routes to getting them, the children talked about jobs in terms of what they would mean for other aspects of their futures. This was put in mostly material terms but it was not concerned primarily with money, and when children did say that they wanted jobs for money their ideas of their financial futures seemed relatively modest. Most commonly, secure and well-paid jobs were seen as a foundation for independence and for family life.

Ben planned to leave at 16 but nevertheless believed that it was important to do well at school: 'like I said, you can get a job without school but you can get a better job with school'. More generally he said that he is learning a lot of things that will be useful to his future. Even children who are not keen on school and qualifications still see their future in career terms. Justin, who was going to leave at 16, explained: 'I feel by then I've learned enough to start my career'. Many of the children had had advice from parents about future careers, as some of the examples above show.

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