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Tue Sep 29 2009

Diss: Discourse Analysis: Brar: 'The Educational and Occupational...'

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Message 1: The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Sikh Young Adults: Discourses and constructions of parents, teachers and young adults
Date: 29-Sep-2009
From: Bikram Brar <bikram79hotmail.com>
Subject: The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Sikh Young Adults: Discourses and constructions of parents, teachers and young adults
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Institution: University of Bradford
Program: PhD in Social Psychology of Education
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Bikram Singh Brar

Dissertation Title: The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Sikh Young Adults: Discourses and constructions of parents, teachers and young adults

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Dissertation Director:
Paul Sullivan
Ian Burkitt

Dissertation Abstract:

At present, there is a distinct lack of research focusing on the
educational and occupational experiences of Sikh young adults in Great
Britain. Instead, research on Sikhs has instead fallen predominantly under
explorations of Sikh identity or under the umbrella term of 'South Asian'
where the various South Asian groups are explored simultaneously. Such
research on Asian groups fails to consider important differences between
such groups and the impact that these may have on their educational and
occupational aspirations and future decisions.

This research study attempts to shed light on this vastly under-researched
area. Drawing on a 'syncretic' discourse analytic approach, focusing on the
nuances of language as well as implications of power, I explore the role
that parents and teachers have to play in the construction of young Sikh
adults' aspirations.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten Sikh pupils, both their
parents, their form tutors, heads of year and the careers teacher in a
school in West London. Such a method allowed an exploration of
participants' 'talk', the 'co-construction' of knowledge, as well as
exploring power relationships inherent within such interactions.
Furthermore, there was a greater emphasis on issues of reflexivity - how my
own role within the research had an impact upon constructions.

In conclusion, it is argued that the aspirations of Sikh young adults are
constructed in a complex manner alongside the intricacies of social class,
gender, caste and area of origin.



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