The Social Futures and Life Pathways (“Our Lives” project) is a longitudinal study of young Queenslanders who began high school in 2006, aged 12/13 years. As they grow older, the study investigates how participants’ values, aspirations, and future plans develop and influence their entry into the labour market, tertiary education, family life, and civic/political participation.
The goal of this study is to examine the impact global change and uncertainty is having on young people’s experiences in these domains, and to better understand how existing social traditions and institutions can mediate this impact. By combining large scale survey research with in-depth interviewing, the Our Lives project assesses major theories about contemporary social change and its implications for young people’s emerging life pathways.
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