School Curriculum as Cultural Commodity in the Construction of Young People’s Post-School Aspirations

Atweh, Bill, Taylor, Sandra C., & Singh, Parlo (2005) School Curriculum as Cultural Commodity in the Construction of Young People’s Post-School Aspirations. In Australian Association for Research in Education, December, 2005, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta. (Unpublished)


This paper reports on initial findings from a project funded by the Queensland Studies Authority and conducted by researchers based at the Queensland University of Technology. The study investigates the effect of curricular pathways on the construction of young people’s identities, in particular how young people talk about post school options. The study involved case studies of 12 schools, including schools located in rural, urban and diverse socio-economic areas. Data for the study were collected by: (1) interviews with key curriculum players in the respective schools and (2) focus groups with students and teachers. In this paper, we will identify some of the emergent issues in the literature as well as present preliminary findings from the focus groups conducted with students in the selected schools. In particular, we will (a) examine the spread of choices that students are presented with and some limitations on these choices, (b) examine the processes that students follow in making their subject choices and their implications for the needed scaffolding offered to them, and finally (c) examine some concerns expressed by students that raise questions about the structure of senior schooling in Queensland.

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ID Code: 5715
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: subject selection, post school options, curriculum pathways
ISSN: 1324-9339
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 AARE & (The authors)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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