IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Research and publications

Since 2008 we have recruited and trained 40 Fellows who have published 64 papers in learned papers (15 are in press), eleven book chapters, as well as nineteen working papers and reports.

A unique feature of the PATHWAYS programme is the international collaboration between Fellows and PIs, as reflected in 14 collaborative papers involving cross-country teams of Fellows and faculty members, and joint grant application.

In addition have edited two special sections in Developmental Psychology, one in the European Psychologist and one in the International Journal of Developmental Science, showcasing the work of the PATHWAYS Fellows.

The Fellows have given presentations at national and international conferences and have organised nine dedicated PATHWAYS symposia.
The research conducted by the Fellows has been well received and endorsed by key policy makers, including the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and the Finnish Ministry of Education.

Our research has also attracted media attention in Germany, Finland, the UK and the USA.

We feel immensely proud about the achievements of our PATHWAY Fellows, who are now in positions throughout North America and Europe as well as Australia, promoting international and collaborative scholarship.

Workshops and conferences

Gender differences in aspirations and attainment

IOE, London, UK - 12-13 July 2010

This conference brought together experts from different disciplines and from different countries, drawing on evidence from longitudinal studies and large scale surveys to examine the multiple influences on gendered career choices and development in a changing social context. It aimed to examine antecedents, correlates, and outcomes associated with gender differences in career aspirations and attainment in a global context. The conference took an explicit longitudinal perspective, addressing issues related to gender and social inequalities in motivation and attainment during the school years and in the transition to adult roles.

The event helped to shape the next wave of research on gender differences in career choice and attainment, and its application to practice and policy development around the world.

Key topic areas addressed were:

  • Early influences (childhood and adolescence).
  • Life planning: how do young people see themselves and their futures.
  • Adulthood: gender differences in career pathways and attainment across domains (work, income, family, health and well-being) and their link to earlier influences
  • Social, economic, institutional, and cultural constraints and opportunities: how is career planning and attainment shaped by structural forces such as social background, policy agenda, labour market opportunities, and economic cycles.
  • Methodological considerations

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