Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), Next Steps, and the National Child Development Study (NCDS), this project investigates the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, disability and social class. The project is part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
Educational and occupational aspirations of young people: influences and outcomes
Life course transitions
Social and economic wellbeing
1 January 2017 – December 2018
This project investigates the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, and disability. This project uses data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, LSYPE), and the National Child Development Study (NCDS). As well as addressing questions on gendered choices in relation to education and occupation, the project looks across cleavages by ethnicity and disability. The project describes the patterning and development of trajectories of aspirations and attainment across, childhood and youth and into adulthood. The project also explores social experiences and life course transitions.
This briefing, based on data from Next Steps and the Millennium Cohort Study, explores how occupational aspirations of girls and boys differ across ethnic groups, and the extent to which these aspirations feed through into subsequent occupational outcomes.Download
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Sam has a long history of producing research based on the British Birth Cohorts, from the antecedents and consequences of poor basic skills in adult life, to more recent research focusing on poorer outcomes for children with Special Education Needs, the gendered occupational occupations of teenagers and the long-term advantages for men and women who attended a private school and/or an elite university.
The most recent of Britain's cohort studies, following over 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000.
Following 16,000 people who were in Year 9 in 2004 at secondary schools across England.
Following the lives of 17,000 people born in a single week in 1958 in Great Britain.