Rewriting the future: Young people’s stories of educational engagement

Crook, Deborah orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1852-1130 (2020) Rewriting the future: Young people’s stories of educational engagement. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 45 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 2046-1348

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Young people’s educational trajectories are always provisional. This article considers young people’s perspectives about enablers and barriers to continued education, and questions models of aspiration-raising that prioritise particular trajectories
and are critical when young people cannot engage. Participatory methods enabled 30 young people aged 12-24 from disadvantaged areas in northwest England to imagine steps towards future possible selves. Through collaborative story-making with researchers, they established that inter-generational relationships are important to these journeys, especially support
from adults who believed in their capabilities and encouraged young people’s influence over decisions for change.

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