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Young people's opinion on rural Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9182-6403
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Computer and System science.
2018 (English)In: International Education Studies, ISSN 1913-9020, E-ISSN 1913-9039, Vol. 11, no 6, p. 45-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focus on adolescents motivations about remaining in rural areas in the Mid Sweden Region, a part of Sweden with decreasing school performance scores and high out-migration. The study is based on 1,500 young people’s responses to a Web-based survey within the framework of a regional school development project. The research questions focused on: whether youths were going to stay there or move the future in urban or rural areas, influences, and the future choices and differences among genders, regions, and age groups. The empirical data are processed with statistical analysis. The study confirms previous research on young people’s relocations from rural areas; jobs and education are important motives, and the most prone to move are women. What is new knowledge is that lessons about the region’s importance have a positive, significant effect on individuals’ plans to remain in their home municipality. This can and should be highlighted in local, regional, and national politics, but more importantly in school discourses. Since school plays a role in students’ thinking and future choices, a larger formation effort could be of great value for norms and regional political standpoints. The study has relevance to the international terms of similar geographical areas.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 6, p. 45-58
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regional development, regional youth voices, school improvement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33886DOI: 10.5539/ies.v11n6p45OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33886DiVA, id: diva2:1222638
Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved

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