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‘I am–we are’: Personal and social pathways to further study, work and family life

‘I am–we are’: Personal and social pathways to further study, work and family life

Bornholt, L.J., Maras, P.M. and Robinson, R.A. (2008) ‘I am–we are’: Personal and social pathways to further study, work and family life. Social Psychology of Education, 12 (3). pp. 345-359. ISSN 1381-2890 (Print), 1573-1928 (Online) (doi:10.1007/s11218-008-9085-8)

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Abstract

This project explores the apparent layers in motivation for young people’s plans in order to extend Pathways Theory. We bring together personal, relational and group motivation to explain the planned pathways to study, work and family life. Location was an Australian town, close to the national socio-economic average, to control broad social factors. Participants (N = 78) were 12 to 18 year-old girls and boys (mean age 14.5 years). Results provide little support for popular explanations based on demographic factors (age, gender, family background) and broad personal indicators of self esteem and mood. Instead, the results support proposed differential explanations for pathways to study, work and family life. In particular, personal aspects of identity and self concepts, social expectations and group identity influence young people’s pathways to further study. Group uniqueness explains pathways to paid work, yet experience of higher education tends to limit plans for family life. Findings support inclusion of personal, relational and group motivations in developing innovative theories of pathways motivation. Ongoing work considers common and distinct explanations across socio-economic contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 14 December 2008. Published in Social Psychology of Education, September 2009, Volume 12, Issue 3.
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal and social identity, motivation, adolescents, planned behavior
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:09
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3415

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