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Transitions from School to Work
Globalization, Individualization, and Patterns of Diversity


Part of The Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence

Ingrid Schoon, Rainer K. Silbereisen, Michael Shanahan, Kyle Longest, Mary Corcoran, Jordan Matsudaira, Rebekka Christopoulou, Paul Ryan, Melinda Mills, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Andreas Walther, Gill Jones, Christian Ebner, Jutta Allmendinger, Marlis Buchmann, Irene Kriesi, Andy Ross, Peter Martin, Jessica Garrett, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Barbara Schneider, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Karina Weichold, Manuela du Bois-Reymond, Lynn Karoly
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107507388

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  • This volume made an important contribution to the growing literature on the transition from school to work. It provides a different perspective on the global changes that have transformed school-to-work transitions since the 1970s; offers an integrative conceptual framework for analysis; and promotes a comparative, cross-national understanding of school-to-work transitions in a changing social context. The articles assembled in this volume compare and assess variations in school-to-work transitions across Europe and North America, providing empirical evidence on how young people negotiate the different options and opportunities available and assessing the costs and returns associated with different transition strategies. Unlike many other volumes on this subject - which are pitched at either the macro or micro level - this volume attempts to integrate both perspectives, capturing the complexity of this critical life course transition. Furthermore, the authors address policies aimed at improving the capacity of individuals to make effective transitions and at enabling societies to better coordinate educational and occupational institutions.

    • Brings together findings from large scale longitudinal and census data, as well as qualitative studies, offering insights from a variety of perspectives, and providing evidence from across Europe and the US
    • Considers an assessment of the impact of macro level change on micro level experiences and decision making, and the link of work transitions to transitions in other domains, such as partnership and family formation
    • Discusses individual agency, institutional filters, transition demands, developmental regulation, personal resources, individual coping, control striving, and psycho-social outcomes
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107507388
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 151 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 38 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Conceptualising school-to-work transitions in context Ingrid Schoon and Rainer K. Silbereisen
    2. Thinking about the transition to adulthood: from grand narratives to useful theories Michael Shanahan and Kyle Longest
    Part II. Transitions and Global Change:
    3. Is stable employment becoming more elusive for young men? Mary Corcoran and Jordan Matsudaira
    4. Youth outcomes in the labour markets of advanced economies: decline, deterioration, and causes Rebekka Christopoulou and Paul Ryan
    5. Uncertain and unable to commit: a 14-country comparison of the impact of globalization on the early life course Melinda Mills and Hans-Peter Blossfeld
    Part III. Individual Decision Making:
    6. It was not my choice, you know? Young people's subjective views and decision-making processes in biographical transitions Andreas Walther
    7. From paradigm to paradox: parental support and transitions to independence Gill Jones
    8. Job attitudes and job aspirations in a changing labour market: Germany, 1991–2006 Christian Ebner and Jutta Allmendinger
    9. Escaping the gender trap: young women's transition into non-traditional occupations Marlis Buchmann and Irene Kriesi
    Part IV. Mapping Diversity and Change:
    10. Polarization and diversity in the assumption of work and family related roles: evidence from two British birth cohorts Ingrid Schoon, Andy Ross, and Peter Martin
    11. Transitions to adulthood: linking late adolescent life styles to family and work status in the mid-20s Jessica Garrett and Jacquelynne S. Eccles
    12. Challenges of transitioning into adulthood Barbara Schneider
    Part V. Interventions and Policies:
    13. School related burnout during educational tracks: antecedents and consequences Katariina Salmela-Aro
    14. Building skills for positive developmental pathways and successful vocational careers in adulthood: intervention programs within the school context Karina Weichold
    15. Integrated transition policies for European young adults: contradictions and solutions Manuela du Bois-Reymond
    16. The future at work: labour market realities and the transition to adulthood Lynn Karoly.

  • Editors

    Ingrid Schoon, Institute of Education, University of London
    Ingrid Schoon is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research interests focus on issues of human development across the life-span - in particular, the transition from dependent childhood to productive adulthood; the study of risk and resilience; the realization of individual potential in a changing socio-historical context; social equalities in attainment, health, and well-being; and the intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantage. Schoon is currently involved in two major UK interdisciplinary research networks funded by the Economic and Research Council: the Priority Network on Gender Inequality and Production (GeNet) and the Centre for the Study of Learning and Life Chances in the Knowledge Economies (Llakes). She is also Director of PATHWAYS: an International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for the Comparative Study of Productive Youth Development, funded by the Jacobs Foundation, in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Michigan, Stockholm, Helsinki, Jena, and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. She has published widely, including her recent publication with Cambridge University Press, Risk and Resilience: Adaptations in Changing Times.

    Rainer K. Silbereisen, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
    Rainer K. Silbereisen is Professor and Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Jena, Adjunct Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, and Director of the Center for Applied Developmental Science, Jena. He is currently the President of the International Union of Psychological Science. His main research interests focus on human development across the life-span - particularly concerning adolescence and early adulthood - the theoretical framework of which focuses on dynamic interactionism, stressing the combined role of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural determinants of human development. Trained as a psychologist, he has been involved in interdisciplinary, large-scale research on the role of social change in positive and maladaptive human development, such as the German Collaborative Research Center on Social Development in Post-Socialist Societies (SFB 580) and the German-Israeli Research Consortium on Migration and Societal Integration. He has published widely, such as the recently edited book (with Richard Lerner) Approaches to Positive Youth Development.


    Ingrid Schoon, Rainer K. Silbereisen, Michael Shanahan, Kyle Longest, Mary Corcoran, Jordan Matsudaira, Rebekka Christopoulou, Paul Ryan, Melinda Mills, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Andreas Walther, Gill Jones, Christian Ebner, Jutta Allmendinger, Marlis Buchmann, Irene Kriesi, Andy Ross, Peter Martin, Jessica Garrett, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Barbara Schneider, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Karina Weichold, Manuela du Bois-Reymond, Lynn Karoly

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