Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Young People: Influences and Outcomes

This project investigates the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, disability and social class. This project will use data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, LSYPE). As well as addressing questions on gendered choices, the project will look across cleavages by ethnicity and disability. The projects exploit the age 25 sweep of Next Steps and the age 14 sweep of the MCS, and focus on the consequences of aspirations and expectations measured at earlier sweeps, as well  describing the patterning and development of trajectories of aspirations and attainment. It will answer the following research questions:

Research questions:

  1. What are the early adult consequences of high educational expectations?
  2. What factors are implicated in the development and trajectories of young people’s aspiration over their teenage years; and how do these intersect with achieved education?
  3. What are the family and individual influences on gendered occupational choices of boys and girls at age 14?
  4. How do boys’ and girls’ gendered occupational aspirations develop between ages 7 and 14?

October 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018

Project team:

  • Lucinda Platt (Co-I, LSE)
  • Sam Parsons (CLS)