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Pathways to Adulthood

An International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for the Comparative Study of Productive Youth Development

The mission of this collaborative programme is to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary, and comparative research of productive youth development.

Participating institutions

Our participating institutions include IOE, the Universities of California, Michigan State, Stockholm, Helsinki, Jena, and Tubingen.

Pathways to Adulthood map

Our programme is funded by the Jacobs Foundation and runs from October 2008 - September 2017.


The major objective of the programme is to promote the next generation of researchers and facilitate a better understanding and discourse with different stake holders about how to equip young people for mastering the challenges of growing up in a changing social context.

What we do

PATHWAYS investigates the antecedents, processes, and long-term outcomes of youth transitions, as well as the factors and processes promoting human competences, especially among young people deemed to be at-risk.

Our training and mentoring enhance understanding of diverse approaches to the study of productive youth development and to engages in constructive debates with colleagues from different disciplines.

We foster international and interdisciplinary research and exchange of ideas, in order to gain up-to-date skills for addressing research and policy questions that require combined approaches and a synergy of ideas.

Find out more

Participating institutions
  • IOE
    PI: Prof. Ingrid Schoon, PATHWAYS Programme Director
  • University of Michigan
    PI: Prof. Jacque Eccles
  • Michigan State University
    PI: Barbara Schneider
  • University of Jena
    PI: Prof. Rainer Silbereisen
  • University of Tubingen
    PI: Ulrich Trautwein
  • University of Helsinki
    PI: Katariina Salmela-Aro
  • University of Stockholm
    PI: Prof. Lars Bergman

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Issue 11 of Pathfinder focuses on variations in the transition to adulthood and passion for activities.

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Issue 10 of Pathfinder focuses on studies examining the role of parenting in shaping young people's civic engagement and their adaption to racial discrimination and neighbourhood problems

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This issue of Pathfinder looks at the role of values and goal engagement regarding career related outcomes in times of growing economic and occupational uncertainty

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Issue 8 of Pathfinder is a special issue looking at the research of our Pathways Fellows

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Issue 7 of Pathfinder focuses on studies examining the association between motivation, academic attainment, and student wellbeing.

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This issue of Pathfinder features two studies that used evidence from PISA to examine trends in academic performance over time and the linkage between school tracking and students academic self concept.

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In this issue of Pathfinder we focus on the antecedents and processes of becoming an entrepreneur.

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In this edition of Pathfinder we look at students aspirations and expectations for the future.

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In this third edition of Pathfinder we look at the topic of school engagement using studies from the US, Finland and the UK.

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In this issue we discuss the role of aspirations, gender and ambition in later social status and earning; and a gender comparison of task values.

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In this first issue of Pathfinder we look at the effects of globalization, school burnout and school motivation. 

Principal Investigators

Post-doctoral Fellows

Fellow Alumni