This internationally appealing book is based on a two-year case study of a group of young people as they move through their final year of mandatory schooling and into their first year of post-16 experience. It looks at their choices, the market behaviour of local education and training providers and those who help and advise these choices. The authors show that recent and current political policies for post-16 education disadvantage, marginalise and exclude young people rather than improve their life chances. The book draws together the major issues and attempts to suggest alternative ways forward for a more inclusive post-16 education and training system.
Table of Contents1. Landscapes of choice - horizons for action
2. The research and the young people: working in the 'ruins'
3. Making and escaping identity: Amma and Michael, Rena and Delisha
4. At risk of social exclusion: Debra and Ayesha
5. Learning fatigue, 'choice biographies', and leisure: Aaron, Lucy, and Anne
6. In a class of their own: classifying and classified - identity and the science of infinite distinctions: Rachel, Kirsty, Lucy and Agesh
7. Just 'ordinary' young men: Luke and Jordan
8. Lost in time and space? 'Drafting' a life - 'just' and 'not yet': Jolene, Fiona, Daryl and Warren
9. Futures 'on hold': Gabrielle, Gillian, Carlene and Mehalet
10. Constructing new futures? Different kinds of optimism: Rees and Wayne
11. Themes and issues and 'overburdened representations'