Special Issue "Youth Transitions from Education Perspective"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 2977
Interests: civic participation; emigration
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked renewed interest in youth transitions from education to employment—a crucial stage in the life course of individuals and generations. Previous economic crises mostly affected young people’s access to and position in the labor market; the current crisis also disrupted education—the first part of the equation. An unresolved research task is to inquire how closures of educational settings such as kindergartens, schools and universities impacted youth transitions and whether a scarring effect is already discernible, signifying the formation of a “Lockdown generation”.
One major sociological approach examines opportunity structures for youth transitions, as a complex set of socioeconomic conditions, social institutions and public policies, and their impact on the unequal distribution of skills and access to the labor market among youth. A recent trend in this field has been to shift the focus of analysis from the national to the regional and local level, as well as to take into consideration the effects of youth mobility within and outside regions, countries and supranational entities (such as the EU).
Another approach within youth studies is to look beyond the outcomes of the above conditions and examine the dynamics of youth school-to-work transitions, focusing on the interaction between the main actors: parents and peers, teachers and policy professionals, employers and, most importantly, the youth themselves. New developments here focus on young people’s lived experiences of education and training, active participation in learning, constructing learning outcomes, and negotiating with various stakeholders, while carving their more and more inter-related learning and working careers over time.
This Special Issue invites theoretical and empirical papers addressing youth transitions, with due attention paid to current and previous educational challenges and, in particular, contributions allowing the two approaches outlined above to speak to each other.
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We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Siyka Kovacheva
Dr. Xavier Rambla
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- school-to-work transitions
- opportunity structures
- regional inequalities
- lived experiences of learning
- youth learning and working careers