Social structure, contexts and reflexivity: how an active partecipatory experience influence young’s life courses

Journal title RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione
Author/s Caterina Balenzano, Anna Fausta Scardigno
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2017/69
Language Italian Pages 24 P. 33-56 File size 465 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIV2017-069003
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The Principi Attivi programme (PA) aimed at promoting meaningful lifelong learning experiences to improve young people’s job chances and personal development. Based on a survey that involved young leaders of 141 funded projects (75,40% of 187), this paper reports and discusses the effects generated on the individual life paths of the young participants. Specifically, the paper focuses on the role played by a number of personal factors (cultural capital, background experiences, innovative cognitive style) and contextual factors (social support, collective self-efficacy) on professional empowerment as well as on the development of planning and networking skills. By adopting a methodological triangulation strategy, the results of the survey have been further discussed drawing on the narrative data of in-depth interviews within 16 case studies.

Keywords: Lifelong Learning; Youth Policies; Employability; Personal Empowerment; Reflexivity; Transition to Adulthood; Life Courses.

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Caterina Balenzano, Anna Fausta Scardigno, Struttura sociale, contesti e riflessività: gli effetti di un’esperienza di partecipazione attiva sui percorsi di vita dei giovani in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 69/2017, pp 33-56, DOI: 10.3280/RIV2017-069003