The problem with ‘raising aspiration’ strategies: social mobility requires more than personal ambitions

Spohrer, Konstanze (2018) The problem with ‘raising aspiration’ strategies: social mobility requires more than personal ambitions. LSE British Politics and Policy blog.

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Abstract

The perceived lack of aspiration among young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds is used as a convenient explanation for the stagnating levels of social mobility. As a result, the ‘raising of aspirations’ has become the focus of government strategy over the past 20 years. Konstanze Spohrer explains why this has the effect of portraying educational success and opportunity as a matter of attitudinal change.

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Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Konstanze Spohrer
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 12:47
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 12:47
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2499

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