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      School to higher education, work transitions and exclusion: Insight and learning from four countries (AcrossLife)

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          AcrossLife is an international collaborative project between the University of Edinburgh and Universidad Catolica de Temuco examining young people’s access to educational and work opportunities.Education is considered to be one of the key drivers to addressing social (in)equality issues, especially in lower-income countries. In Chile and other Latin American countries specifically, existing educational systems need to be enhanced to provide better opportunities for the social mobility and personal development of young people. To contribute to the extant debates within policy, practice and theory, the AcrossLife project comparatively examines young people’s access to educational and work opportunities in four different countries (UK, Chile, Germany and Argentina), focusing hereby on their transitions, firstly from school to university/higher education, and secondly from university/higher education to the workplace.Following an initial systematic review of the extant literature, we adopt a mixed methods design to examine young people’s transitions at key points in their lives, triangulating findings from three sources of data (a quantitative survey, qualitative interviews, data from secondary sources). Findings of the multidisciplinary (education, sociology, psychology, public policy), cross-cultural research are expected to contribute to an enhanced understanding of the role higher education plays in the social structure in times of educational reforms in Chile, whilst also informing public policy and practice in the other three countries and further countries facing challenges relating to their educational system and equality, alongside the academic debate on life domain/stage transitions.Aside from seeking to contribute to the improvement of individuals' access to higher education and job markets by providing a more evidence-based understanding of how educational organisations relate to social structures and opportunities to policy-makers and representatives of educational authorities, findings of the project are further expected to contribute to existing academic debates: Not only is the study the first to compare transitions between school, university and work across four very different countries, we also examine specific transitional aspects that have been somewhat neglected by the research community.

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          Science Impact, Ltd.
          2398-7073
          November 15 2017
          November 15 2017
          : 2017
          : 9
          : 48-50
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          10.21820/23987073.2017.9.48
          © 2017

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          Earth & Environmental sciences, Medicine, Computer science, Agriculture, Engineering

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