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Service children’s thoughts on applying for university: a qualitative study exploring why young people from army families in North Yorkshire are under-represented in higher education institutions

Ritchie, Lewis Scott (2020) Service children’s thoughts on applying for university: a qualitative study exploring why young people from army families in North Yorkshire are under-represented in higher education institutions. Masters thesis, York St John University.

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Abstract

This thesis draws upon the views and opinions expressed by service children, who are thinking about their future education and career ambitions. Also articulated within this thesis, are the opinions of a serving soldier and a veteran. Alongside two army wives who both have children within an educational setting. A brother and sister were also interviewed together, in order to gain their opinions. A pastoral supervisor, a service child advocate and an Army Welfare Service Chief Community Development Officer, also provided their opinion based on the importance of the health and wellbeing of service children. This allowed for a larger quantity and quality of data to be collected, resulting in stronger conclusions at the end of this thesis. This thesis utilises Pierre Bourdieu’s forms of capital (social, cultural and economic). This was to determine the underlying factors that possibly result in fewer service children being progressing to higher education. At its core, this investigation focused on service children living and studying in North Yorkshire. All the students who took part in this study were aged 16 years old and currently completing their education within the secondary school system. The two central areas of investigation for this research focused on the following issues: 1) mobility and educational experiences and 2) health and wellbeing of service children in education.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5294

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