chapter  4
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The impact of school experience on progression decisions

ByFelix Maringe, Brenda Johnston, Alison Fuller, Sue Heath

This chapter examines the ‘legacy effects’ of compulsory schooling on three members of our sample who had experienced their secondary schooling under contrasting educational policy regimes. It builds on the previous chapter through considering not only the effects of generational positioning on individual decisionmaking about educational progression, but also through exploring the shared experiences of network members located in specific historical moments and how their specific generational perspectives affected the decision-making of those around them. The three case studies – based on the experiences of Linda Dixon, Lorraine Smith and Jamil Masuka, whom we introduced in the previous chapter, and selected members of their networks – also powerfully demonstrate the impact of social class and gender on educational decision-making.