Facing Uncertainty yet Feeling Confident: : Teenage Migrant Girls’ Agencies in Upper Secondary School Transitions

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Mäkelä , M-L & Kalalahti , M 2020 , ' Facing Uncertainty yet Feeling Confident: Teenage Migrant Girls’ Agencies in Upper Secondary School Transitions ' , Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research , vol. 64 , no. 1 , pp. 118-134 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2018.1512519

Title: Facing Uncertainty yet Feeling Confident: : Teenage Migrant Girls’ Agencies in Upper Secondary School Transitions
Author: Mäkelä, Marja-Liisa; Kalalahti, Mira
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2020-01-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research
ISSN: 0031-3831
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/313826
Abstract: This article concentrates on the transition from comprehensive school to the upper secondary level from the viewpoint of migrant background girls. Emphasis is on understanding the bounded agency and the ways in which gender and family background are expressed in the modalities of the agency. Previous studies show that ethnic minorities have more difficulties in school, and they continue to higher education less frequently than the majority of students. We are interested in the aspirations of migrant background girls (n = 34) concerning their post-comprehensive transition. Our focus is on the experienced agency during the last year of comprehensive school. Our research questions are: What kinds of modalities do migrant background girls use when considering their educational choices? How do these modalities reflect their bounded agency? The study shows that although the experienced agency is universal among the age group, there are specific ethnic and gender connotations.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Bounded agency
migrant background
gender
post-comprehensive transitions
CAREER DECISION-MAKING
ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT
IMMIGRANT
EDUCATION
STUDENTS
2ND-GENERATION
GENDER
SELF
EXPECTATIONS
ASPIRATIONS
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