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Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development

Education and Youth Agency

Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts

Editors: DeJaeghere, Joan, Josić, Jasmina, McCleary, Kate S. (Eds.)

  • Synthesizes research from psychology, education, economic development, anthropology, gender studies, sociology, and youth studies
  • Conceptualizes agency from multiple theoretical perspectives 
  • Explores how education fosters agency in some youth and constrains it in others 
  • Offers cases of youth across socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts in the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and India
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About this book

This book offers a comprehensive overview of studies on youth agency across various parts of the world. It explores diverse perspectives on education, citizenship and future livelihoods, modernity and tradition, gender equality, and social norms and transformations as they relate to how young people construct their agency. Drawing on case studies of young women and men from Africa, the Americas and South Asia, this book illustrates the different ways in which education affects youth’s beliefs, engagement, action, and identities in broader historical, social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Chapters argue for education as a potential force for equity and explore how both formal schooling and informal educational programs may challenge and inspire youth through individual and collective action to change the social conditions affecting their lives and their communities.  The global nature of this book gives readers a deeper understanding of youth agency as a dynamic process in relation to changing economic, political, and social environments.

Featured topics include: 

  • The role of community context and relationships in shaping U.S. youth’s citizen agency.
  • Malala Yousafzai and media narratives of girls’ education within Islam and modernity.
  • Social capital, sexual relationships, and agency for Tanzanian youth.
  • Boys’ agency toward higher education in urban Jamaica.
  • Children’s economic agency in Kanchipuram, India.
  • Vocational training and agency among Kenyan youth.

Education and Youth Agency is an essential resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students across such related disciplines as developmental psychology, international and comparative education, family studies as well as public health, educational policy and politics, youth studies, and social policy.


About the authors

Joan DeJaeghere is an Associate Professor of Comparative and International Development Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota and an affiliate faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change. Her scholarly work and professional practice are concerned with inequalities in education and how education can foster future livelihoods, well being and social justice. She has co-edited two special issues and published articles and books chapters on educating for citizenship, youth agency, gender equality, as well as international development and educational policy in journals including:  Comparative Education Review, Compare, Comparative Education, International Journal of Educational Development, and Human Development and Capabilities Journal.  DeJaeghere’s research and education and development projects have taken place in several countries including: Bangladesh, Honduras, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. 

Jasmina Josić is a Manager in the Efficacy and Research team of Pearson’s Global Product organization. She works with the product and research teams to develop research frameworks and implement evaluations of digital products in K-12, higher education, and English language learning sectors. Her research is concerned with examining the internationalization of higher education, dynamics of educational policies in urban spaces, youth citizenship and identity, and student engagement and achievement.  Josić has conducted multiple research studies with youth and managed youth programs in urban U.S. settings.  Josić received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Kate S. McCleary is an Associate Researcher with the LEAD Center in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she focuses on evaluation and assessment of higher education programs. McCleary has worked in international education and carried out research on gender in education, youth agency, and intercultural learning. After holding fellowships with Save the Children and CARE International, McCleary served as the director of the Global Education Office at Washington College prior to her current position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy & Administration with a focus in Comparative International Development Education. 


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Conceptualizing Youth Agency

    DeJaeghere, Joan G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • “You Are Building on Something”: Exploring Agency and Belonging Among African American Young Adults

    Dierker, Beth

    Pages 27-46

  • Community Context and Relations Conditioning United States Youth’s Citizen Agency

    Josić, Jasmina

    Pages 47-63

  • Confronting “The Conditions” of Sénégalese Higher Education: Reframing Representation and Activism

    Stafford, Casey

    Pages 65-82

  • Agency as Negotiation: Social Norms, Girls’ Schooling and Marriage in Gujarat, India

    Shah, Payal P.

    Pages 85-102

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33344-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33342-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81489-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Education and Youth Agency
Book Subtitle
Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts
Editors
  • Joan DeJaeghere
  • Jasmina Josić
  • Kate S. McCleary
Series Title
Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33344-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33344-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33342-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81489-6
Series ISSN
2195-089X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 272
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