27.2 Representations of teenagers about middle school, the world of work and politics

Wednesday, August 1, 2012: 9:20 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
I. Viviana VEGA , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Cristina VENINI , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Andrea SARKISSIAN , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Liliana CARRERAS , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Julia María SAN MARTÍN , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Suyay MURA , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina
Isabel MARZIOLI , Facultad de Ciencias Sociales-UBA, Argentina

High school and work word are still facing all different social actors en general and educational in particular, in a renewing historical context of politics inside the national scene.
This essay aims to:
1.- Describe youth representations about the work world.
2.- Understand youth representations about high school.
3.- Compare different social representations between two groups of students: those who actively serve inside student centres and those who do not.

This research project is based in the social representations theory.
The planned design refers to an exploring-descriptive study of youth regarding high school, work, the relationship between both, and politics.
Surveys and interviews have been carried out to a sample of 395 students living in CABA and Great Buenos Aires districts.
Some conclusions we have reached are:
- First of all, our sample students attempt to visualize the need for having higher academic level requirements, in opposition to a widespread opinion sustaining their lack of inclination to hard work, steadiness, etc.
- In five years time, almost all of them visualize themselves being studying and working simultaneously.
- They are also perfectly aware of workmen rights; this issue could have been invisible in some other historic time.
- The subgroup of students with active militancy show a greater emotional maturity: they acknowledge school shape them as persons, for labour, and also as citizens. Besides, this group presents a greater present and past labour experience (higher reality criteria)
- Apparently, their posture regarding politics reflects an incipient repolitization process.