Embracing Lifelong Learning, or Just the Means to an End?

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The Australia Youth Research Centre has been conducting a longitudinal study mapping the transitions of young people since they left school and chose to enter further education. The participants in this research were the products of new policies in Australia promoting the importance of higher education and successful future as a result. However at the end of their first degrees over 50% returned to further study as they were dissatisfied with their current employment/future options. Participants expressed a strong desire to achieve more than their parents were able to, but more importantly they wanted greater fulfillment from the path they were going to take. "I won't do what Dad did and stay in a job he found completely boring for 25 years, I want more". This desire for different, combined with a sense of entitlement for ongoing challenge, stimulation and fulfillment has led to some interesting and surprising pathway choices.


Keywords: Transition, Life Long Learning, Entitlement, Agency
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Embracing Lifelong Learning, or Just the Means to an End?


Debra Tyler

Lecturer and Research Fellow, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Debra Tyler been an important member of the youth research centre for the past 12 years. Her main focus has been on the longitudinal study entitled the "Life Patterns " project. This research began in 1996. Debra has done the majority of the interviews for this project and continues to work on the surveys and both the qualitative and quantitative data. Debra also teaches in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, specifically in the Master of Teaching program and the Master of Student Wellbeing in Education.

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