Educational trajectories of immigrant-origin youths in Finland: A mixed methods analysis

Liila Holmberg, Mira Kalalahti, Janne Varjo, Joel Kivirauma, Marja-Liisa Mäkelä, Minna Saarinen, Tuomas Zacheus, Markku Jahnukainen

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Abstract

This article examines the educational trajectories envisioned by immigrant-origin youths. The mixed-methods research draws upon quantitative (N = 445) and interview data (n = 112). Whereas most prior research focuses on educational achievement or educational attainment of immigrant-origin youth, this article focuses on their outlooks concerning education and occupation. We determined the educational and career aspirations and expectations immigrant-origin youths have and in the ways their aspirations differ from those of Finnish-origin youths. We also seek to discover how this possible aspiration paradox is reflected in the trajectories envisioned by immigrant-origin youths. We confirm earlier findings showing that immigrant-origin youths have both a strong belief in education and the will to achieve success in tertiary-level education. We also argue for diversity of vocationally oriented youth: whereas Finnish-origin youths often share determinate vocational outlooks, immigrant-origin youths are more likely to aim for tertiary education via vocational education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of education and work
Volume31
Issue number7-8
Pages (from-to)563-578
Number of pages15
ISSN1363-9080
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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