So Tell Me What You Want: A comparison of FE college and other post-16 students’ aspirations

Jo-Anne Baird, J.R Rose, A McWhirter

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Abstract

This study compares aspirations of students in further education (FE) colleges and non-FE post-compulsory settings. Within the context of a survey about their education, 928 students across 26 institutions were asked what their “hopes, goals and plans” were, with space for five open responses. Coding of responses was based upon self-determination theory. Career aspirations were most frequently mentioned (27% of responses), followed by educational aspirations (25% of responses). Students from FE settings mentioned career aspirations more frequently, and educational aspirations less frequently, than students in non-FE settings. Aspirations such as personal happiness and life satisfaction were also mentioned by students. The need for FE colleges to support students in developing high aspirations was highlighted. Furthermore, a wider framework of student aspiration for use in both research and educational practice is needed.
Translated title of the contributionSo Tell Me What You Want: A comparison of FE college and other post-16 students’ aspirations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-310
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Volume 17
Issue number3
Early online date9 Aug 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

Keywords

  • aspirations
  • career goals
  • education goals
  • further education

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