Willfulness and Aspirations for Young Women in Australian High Stakes Curriculum

Duggan, S 2018, 'Willfulness and Aspirations for Young Women in Australian High Stakes Curriculum', Critical Questions in Education, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 495-513.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Willfulness and Aspirations for Young Women in Australian High Stakes Curriculum
Author(s) Duggan, S
Year 2018
Journal name Critical Questions in Education
Volume number 8
Issue number 4
Start page 495
End page 513
Total pages 19
Publisher Missouri State University * Academy for Educational Studies
Abstract This paper follows recent scholarship in youth studies in suggesting that young peo-ple's aspirations for the future are deeply enmeshed within a social, cultural, and economic articulation of what constitutes a "good" life that an individual ought to orient toward. It uses Ahmed's (2014) notion of "wilfulness" to consider how young people anticipate, plan for, and orient toward the future as a real and imagined space that is embedded within their relationship to everyday social, cultural, and economic practices. To do this, I draw upon digital blog and interview narratives collected across a seventeen-month period from three young women in their final year of sec-ondary school in Victoria, Australia. These narratives take up the notion of "willed" space(s) to consider the capacities, energies, and projects that these young women tell about the future over time. Throughout, this paper argues that a willful lens is particularly productive for its capacity to move beyond an understanding of educa-tional participation as a fixed site for realising aspirations to one that highlights multiple processes of becoming within novel spaces of identification and belonging.
Subject Secondary Education
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Sociology of Education
Keyword(s) gender
senior secondary
ISSN 2327-3607
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