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A focus on educational choice has social justice consequences - an empirical study informed by Sen's capability approach

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This article demonstrates that in Denmark there is considerable focus on educational and career choices during the last year of lower-secondary school, and investigates the possibility of using Amartya Sen's capability approach as a lens to analyse this focus. It is argued that attention to the processes occurring before choices are made is of central importance, as these help to give students a genuine opportunity to choose from a broader range of options. This consideration is important from a social-justice perspective even if students end up choosing what they would have chosen without broader knowledge and reflection.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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  • The Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, widely and informally referred to as 'the NICEC journal', is designed to be read by individuals who are involved in career development-related work in a wide range of settings including information, advice, counselling, guidance, advocacy, coaching, mentoring, psychotherapy, education, teaching, training, scholarship, research, consultancy, human resources, management or policy. The journal has a national and international readership and is published twice a year (in April and October) in partnership with the Career Development Institute (CDI), the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector.
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