They Are Not Just Anecdotal Stories: Capturing How Class and Gender Influence Students’ Vocational Education Journey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Patricia Akojie
Presentation Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Event or Conference: 
Sixteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
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Presentation Location: 
1401 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801
United States
This phenomenological study examined the experiences of high school graduates during their first year after an integrated vocational and academic program of study. Field research occurred over twelve calendar months after participants graduated from high school. The study focused on work and/or educational expectations, goals and experiences that participants had during the transition year. The presenter will share personal stories of how a of pattern of working-class generation are creating a social class identity for themselves as revealed from their personal stories. The study showed that the school is one of the institutions that contributes to working class youth reproducing their class status. Analyses of the stories of the participants revealed that the integration of vocational and academic education from both the vocational school and the high school programs appears to be insufficient for students to feel prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce.