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Negotiating high modernity: life goals and aspirations of Singaporean adolescents
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Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, 2006
This is a study of life goals and aspirations of Singaporean post secondary students. In the Singaporean educational context, human capital is considered a significant national resource, key to the globalisation and maintenance of social cohesion and rootedness. At the same time, the collective educational and life course experiences of adolescent youth are in historical transition. This is a study on the relevance of traditional makers (e.g., social class) of adolescent goals in new social conditions. In periods of high modernity, individual agency is instrumental in levelling the playing field of high adolescent goals and aspirations. "Agentic" adolescents rise up to meet transitional challenges through the active negotiation of opportunities and resources; irrespective of institutional and social disadvantages.
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CRP 7/03 AL
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