ECER 2001 Proceedings
Title of paper with abstract or introductory passage
[Back to list of papers] [Back to Proceedings]
Agency in young adult transitions in England and the new Germany
This paper explores how young adults experience control and exercise personal agency as they pass through periods of transition in education and This paper compares how 18-25 year olds experience control and exercise personal agency in extended periods of transition in training, work, unemployment and in their personal lives. The research has been carried out in selected localities experiencing economic transformation in England and the new Germany. Through a combination of questionnaire survey and group interviews the paper reports how, in different ways, choice and uncertainty can be important dimensions in young adults' biographies in the current moment. Their experiences and actions are not exclusively determined by socialising and structural influences, but also involve elements of subjectivity, choice and agency. The research, which is funded by the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council,will contribute to understanding of the processes involved in becoming independent and personally effective in different settings. It also will add to the debate about the most effective ways to support transitions in early adult life.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer01.htm].