Approaches to reflexivity: navigating educational and career pathways

Dyke, Martin, Johnston, Brenda and Fuller, Alison (2012) Approaches to reflexivity: navigating educational and career pathways. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33, (6), 831-848. (doi:10.1080/01425692.2012.686895).


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This paper provides a critical appraisal of approaches to reflexivity in sociology. It uses data from social network research to argue that Archer’s approach to reflexivity provides a valuable lens with which to understand how people navigate their education and career pathways. The paper is also critical of Archer’s methodology and typology of reflexivity as ‘types’; it is argued that social network research suggests people reveal different approaches to reflexivity in different situations. It concurs with Archer that the concept reflexivity is central to our understanding of the relationships between agency, structure and social change.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/01425692.2012.686895
ISSNs: 0142-5692 (print)
1465-3346 (electronic)
Keywords: reflexivity, participation, education, career, social networks, decision-making
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 191957
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
6 June 2012Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 13:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:42
Non-Participation in HE: Decision-Making as an Embedded Social Practice
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-139-25-0232)
Led by: Alison Fuller
1 April 2006 to 31 May 2008

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