Aspirations in an austerity state: young people's hopes and dreams for the future

Jo R Rose, Jo-Anne Baird

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Survey findings from 1701 Year 11 and Year 13 students across 35 English educational institutions are reported, which indicate young people’s hopes and goals, and the ways in which their institutions support them in their aspirations. This research adds to the literature empirical findings using a methodological stance on the study of aspirations that is open to broader perspectives of young people’s agendas for their lives. The majority of young people reported high-educational (e.g. university) and career (e.g. a professional or well-paid job) aspirations. Life satisfaction and developing relationships was also high on the agenda of many young people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalLondon Review of Education
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • 14–19 education
  • life satisfaction
  • aspirations
  • future goals


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