© 2007

Education and Career Choice

A New Model of Decision Making


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Patrick White
    Pages 35-46
  3. Patrick White
    Pages 106-121
  4. Patrick White
    Pages 122-152
  5. Patrick White
    Pages 153-166
  6. Patrick White
    Pages 167-171
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 172-188

About this book


This research project offers a new perspective on post-sixteen transitions. Combing secondary data with narrative accounts it describes how young people in the UK make choices at the end of their compulsory schooling and provides a dynamic model of decision-making and a thorough critique of current research in the area, beyond fashionable concepts.


decision-making education Irish Republican Army (IRA) methods motivation Nation research schooling

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

PATRICK WHITE is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, UK. He has conducted research on educational and career choice, educational markets and segregation, research capacity building, and the teaching labour market. He is particularly interested in social research methods.

Bibliographic information


Education and Career Choice represents a refreshingly different take on the issue of student choice at the age of 16, mixing existing figures on participation and in-depth interviews with students at the time of making choices. Understanding more about this process of choice will be important for policy-makers and academics, in the UK and elsewhere, faced with widening participation and a 14-19 curriculum attempting to offer choice of both vocational and academic routes without creating a two-track system. - Stephen Gorard, Anniversary Chair of Educational Studies, University of York, UK

'...a well-written piece of research. It certainly comes to life and engages the reader when the author lets the students speak for themselves as they narrate their stories of decision making and taking...The end result is an erudite piece of research with a human face.' - Dione Mifsud, British Educational Research Journal