Educational trajectories of immigrant-origin youths in Finland : A mixed methods analysis

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Holmberg , L , Kalalahti , M , Varjo , J , Kivirauma , J , Mäkelä , M-L , Saarinen , M , Zacheus , T & Jahnukainen , M 2018 , ' Educational trajectories of immigrant-origin youths in Finland : A mixed methods analysis ' , Journal of education and work , vol. 31 , no. 7-8 , pp. 563-578 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2018.1549728

Title: Educational trajectories of immigrant-origin youths in Finland : A mixed methods analysis
Author: Holmberg, Liila; Kalalahti, Mira; Varjo, Janne; Kivirauma, Joel; Mäkelä, Marja-Liisa; Saarinen, Minna; Zacheus, Tuomas; Jahnukainen, Markku
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Staff Services
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, University of Turku
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of education and work
ISSN: 1363-9080
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299193
Abstract: This article examines the educational trajectories envisioned by immigrant-origin youths. The mixed-methods research draws upon quantitative (N = 445) and interview data (n = 112). Whereas most prior research focuses on educational achievement or educational attainment of immigrant-origin youth, this article focuses on their outlooks concerning education and occupation. We determined the educational and career aspirations and expectations immigrant-origin youths have and in the ways their aspirations differ from those of Finnish-origin youths. We also seek to discover how this possible aspiration paradox is reflected in the trajectories envisioned by immigrant-origin youths. We confirm earlier findings showing that immigrant-origin youths have both a strong belief in education and the will to achieve success in tertiary-level education. We also argue for diversity of vocationally oriented youth: whereas Finnish-origin youths often share determinate vocational outlooks, immigrant-origin youths are more likely to aim for tertiary education via vocational education.
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