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The complexity and unpredictability of young people’s learning careers

Martin Bloomer (Martin Bloomer is Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK)
Phil Hodkinson (Phil Hodkinson is based at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Draws from a four‐year longitudinal study of young people’s experiences of learning in further education. The project, funded by the Further Education Development Agency, focused upon relationships between the personal careers of young people and the structured opportunities for education and training available to them. A single case study is used in order to illustrate the kinds of insight which the study afforded. The research revealed a stark contrast between the complexity and unpredictability of the young people’s learning careers, and the more structured approaches in current policy and practice.



Bloomer, M. and Hodkinson, P. (2000), "The complexity and unpredictability of young people’s learning careers", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 68-74.




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