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Educational decision-making: rationality and the impact of time

Adshead, L. and Jamieson, Anne (2008) Educational decision-making: rationality and the impact of time. Studies in the Education of Adults 40 (2), pp. 143-159. ISSN 0266-0830.

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Abstract

This paper explores educational decision-making within a life course perspective. It draws on interviews carried out with 34 people, ages 30-81, as part of a longitudinal study into educational experiences of part-time mature students in continuing education at a London university. It considers to what extent their decisions about study are technically rational, as assumed in much policy making. The key focus is on whether there is any evidence that adults become increasingly agentic and rational as they progress through the life course. Our findings suggest that educational decision-making does shift from decisions in young adults being heavily influenced by others, to more autonomous and rational decisions in later life. However the picture was complex with more heterogeneity discernable in mid life, as the effect of structural factors became more evident, especially in the ways choices related to gendered career and family roles.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): formal study, life course perspective, decision-making, structure, agency
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Social Policy and Education (Old)
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2011 15:40
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2206

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