'From School to Adulthood'? Young People's Pathways Through Schooling in Urban Ethiopia

Camfield, Laura (2011) 'From School to Adulthood'? Young People's Pathways Through Schooling in Urban Ethiopia. European Journal of Development Research, 23 (5). pp. 679-694. ISSN 0957-8811

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Abstract

This article presents a case study of a rapidly evolving urban community in Southern Ethiopia drawing on survey and qualitative data from Young Lives, a long-term international study of two cohorts of children growing up in poverty (born 1994-1995 and 2000-2001). It uses this to set visible changes in aspirations and experiences of schooling over time in their political and economic context. The article illustrates the value of mixed-methods approaches within international development research by juxtaposing individual and household level data, both survey and qualitative, with data collected through school-and community-based research. This enables analysis of processes of power and social change taking place in contemporary Ethiopia and reflected in changing attitudes towards education and employment. Finally, the chapter highlights the challenges for the Ethiopian education system in meeting children's aspirations, in the context of rapidly declining economic opportunities after leaving school.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education,employment,children and young people,ethiopia,aspirations,mixed methods,southern ethiopia,tanzania,youth,education,children,poverty
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 00:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69433
DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2011.33

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