GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

December 1996


This article argues for a broader conception of both school and work literacies. I present the writing and narratives of adolescent females in their senior year of an urban high school to begin a dialogue about the ways schools and communities can support youth to both imagine and plan for their futures. Ethnographic research methods were used to collect narratives and construct case studies of four young women. In their nuanced pictures of youth, these narratives will inform educators, policy makers, and researchers as they write about and make decisions concerning the futures of these young people.


Reprinted from Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Volume 27, Issue 4, December 1996, pages 517-544.

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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Katherine Schultz was affiliated with the University of Delaware. Currently, April 2007, she is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 18 April 2007