Facing Uncertainty yet Feeling Confident: Teenage Migrant Girls’ Agencies in Upper Secondary School Transitions

Marja-Liisa Mäkelä, Mira Kalalahti

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Abstract

This article concentrates on the transition from comprehensive school to the upper secondary level from the viewpoint of migrant background girls. Emphasis is on understanding the bounded agency and the ways in which gender and family background are expressed in the modalities of the agency. Previous studies show that ethnic minorities have more difficulties in school, and they continue to higher education less frequently than the majority of students. We are interested in the aspirations of migrant background girls (n = 34) concerning their post-comprehensive transition. Our focus is on the experienced agency during the last year of comprehensive school. Our research questions are: What kinds of modalities do migrant background girls use when considering their educational choices? How do these modalities reflect their bounded agency? The study shows that although the experienced agency is universal among the age group, there are specific ethnic and gender connotations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume64
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)118-134
Number of pages17
ISSN0031-3831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Bounded agency
  • migrant background
  • gender
  • post-comprehensive transitions
  • CAREER DECISION-MAKING
  • ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT
  • IMMIGRANT
  • EDUCATION
  • STUDENTS
  • 2ND-GENERATION
  • GENDER
  • SELF
  • EXPECTATIONS
  • ASPIRATIONS

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