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Raising Educational and Occupational Aspirations: Encouraging Family Conversation

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This paper considers the importance of conversations at home about the educational qualifications and aspirations of family members and how these may impact on post-16 choices. It presents previously unpublished data gathered in an 11–16 school situated in a post- industrial community in the south Wales valleys. Pupils in Year 11 were asked on several occasions to find out about the educational qualifications of household members – it is the responses to these questions that became the focus of this paper. In conclusion, the need to consider the support and information provided to pupils and their families at key transitional points in their educational careers is emphasised in light of continued debates about underachievement in Welsh schools.
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Keywords: ASPIRATIONS; EDUCATION; PATHWAYS; QUALIFICATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2017

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  • Previously published under the title University of Wales Journal of Education, this internationally-distributed annual journal offers an arena for disseminating education research from national and international perspectives. The journal explores a range of controversial arguments relating to education, including areas such as bilingualism, religion in education, well-being and the standards of literacy and numeracy. The contemporary drive for improved education standards, within Wales and internationally, provides a wealth of interdisciplinary research opportunities, and the journal aims to publish research reports relating to these current issues. The journal also includes a comprehensive reviews section.

    Mae'r cylchgrawn blynyddol hwn, a adwaenid gynt fel Cylchgrawn Addysg Prifysgol Cymru, yn trafod agweddau datganoledig ar addysg, ynghyd ag ymdrin ag addysg o safbwynt cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol. Wrth ymhel â materion cyfoes yn ymwneud ag addysg, mae'r drafodaeth yn amlinellu safbwyntiau dadleuol ynghylch dwyieithrwydd a chrefydd yn ogystal â safonau llythrennedd a rhifedd. Mae'r ymdrechion i wella safonau addysg yng Nghymru a thu hwnt yn esgor ar feysydd ymchwil newydd, a bwriad y cyfnodolyn yw cyhoeddi erthyglau cryno yn ymdrin â materion cyfredol o'r fath. Mae'r cyfnodolyn hefyd yn cynnwys adran adolygiadau.

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