Youth, Cultures, Individual Careers and Secondary Curriculum: Implications of a Five Year Ethnographic Study

Year: 1986

Author: Walker, James C.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A study of four friendship groups from an inner city boys' high school from Year 10 to approximately age 21. Relations between the cultures of the groups and teacher cultures are linked with post-school developlnents in the youth cultures and in personal 'careers' including work and unemployment. Findings suggest a need for a curriculum recognising intercultural articulation and different cultural conceptions of knowledge, creativity, enterprise and the relations between school and economic life. Certain youth cultural conceptions of economic activity may be more attuned to possibilities for creative, enterprising and productive work than the main thrust of existing curricula.