Profiling youths’ art engagement and the links to university aspirations
Geagea, A., Vernon, L., Barber, B.L. and Taggart, A. (2014) Profiling youths’ art engagement and the links to university aspirations. In: 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, EARA 2014, 3 - 6 September, Cesme, Turkey.
Arts engagement is rarely researched however for adolescents this activity forms part of a range of organised and structured activities that have been associated with positive university aspirations and post-high school educational trajectories (Denault & Poulin, 2009). Identifying, building, and supporting university aspirations are crucial during adolescence, particularly for disadvantaged and low socioeconomic status (SES) students (Sellar & Gale, 2011), and art engagement may contribute to the likelihood of young people going to university. The environment (school or community) in which arts activities are engaged in, and intensity of participation (number of hours per week) are two dimensions that inform student engagement in arts. Students’ SES, age and gender also influence the association between engagement and university expectations, especially for low SES students where the salience of the engagement may be more pronounced (Blomfield & Barber, 2011). We sought to explore the association between arts engagement and the students’ expectation to attend university after high school and whether this association differed between high and low SES groups.
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