This is an increasingly important area of research in today’s society where globalisation and rapid change are having a major impact on all aspects of education and life-course transitions.
Individuals can no longer rely on solely on tradition and past economic employment patterns to guide their decision making and navigate their way through increasing complex educational and employment settings. Such decisions making, related to life-style, careers and education represent substantial risks, they are moments of life-course transition that are characterized by high consequent risks which shape self-identity, future life-chances.
We are interested in the factors that influence decision making in what Giddens calls these ‘fateful moments’ (1991:12). what shapes a person’s decision to participate, or not, in education and training or particular fields of employment? To what extent are patterns of decision-making reproduced or resisted across and within families and generations? We have conducted research for a variety of funders in this area including on guidance and support, transitions from school to tertiary education and training and on the education and career decision-making of adults.
This research area comes under the Lifelong and Work-Related Learning Research Centre (LaWRL).