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Education and Youth Agency

Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts

  • Joan G. DeJaeghere
  • Jasmina Josić
  • Kate S. McCleary

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Joan G. DeJaeghere, Kate S. McCleary, Jasmina Josić
    Pages 1-24
  3. Youth Agency and Community, Historical, and Political Contexts

  4. Youth Agency and the Intersectionality of Gender, Religion, and Class

  5. Youth Agency and Socio-Economic Contexts

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-272

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of studies on youth agency across various parts of the world. It explores diverse perspectives on education, citizenship and future livelihoods, modernity and tradition, gender equality, and social norms and transformations as they relate to how young people construct their agency. Drawing on case studies of young women and men from Africa, the Americas and South Asia, this book illustrates the different ways in which education affects youth’s beliefs, engagement, action, and identities in broader historical, social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Chapters argue for education as a potential force for equity and explore how both formal schooling and informal educational programs may challenge and inspire youth through individual and collective action to change the social conditions affecting their lives and their communities.  The global nature of this book gives readers a deeper understanding of youth agency as a dynamic process in relation to changing economic, political, and social environments.

Featured topics include: 

  • The role of community context and relationships in shaping U.S. youth’s citizen agency.
  • Malala Yousafzai and media narratives of girls’ education within Islam and modernity.
  • Social capital, sexual relationships, and agency for Tanzanian youth.
  • Boys’ agency toward higher education in urban Jamaica.
  • Children’s economic agency in Kanchipuram, India.
  • Vocational training and agency among Kenyan youth.

Education and Youth Agency is an essential resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students across such related disciplines as developmental psychology, international and comparative education, family studies as well as public health, educational policy and politics, youth studies, and social policy.


Agency and empowerment in rural India Boy’s agency and higher education in urban Jamaica Coalitional agency and youth development Community context and youth agency Informal vocational education and youth agency in Kenya Relational agency and youth development School and social capital in Tanzania Situational agency and youth development Socioeconomic contexts and youth agency Student engagement and agency Student peer and sexual relationships in Tanzania U.S. African-American change agents Universities and youth agency in Senegal You agency and gender in Honduras Youth activism and agency Youth agency and gendered constructions Youth agency and historical contexts Youth agency and political contexts Youth agency and social change Youth citizenship in the United States

Editors and affiliations

  • Joan G. DeJaeghere
    • 1
  • Jasmina Josić
    • 2
  • Kate S. McCleary
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.PearsonMahwahUSA
  3. 3.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

About the editors

Joan DeJaeghere is an Associate Professor of Comparative and International Development Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota and an affiliate faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change. Her scholarly work and professional practice are concerned with inequalities in education and how education can foster future livelihoods, well being and social justice. She has co-edited two special issues and published articles and books chapters on educating for citizenship, youth agency, gender equality, as well as international development and educational policy in journals including:  Comparative Education Review, Compare, Comparative Education, International Journal of Educational Development, and Human Development and Capabilities Journal.  DeJaeghere’s research and education and development projects have taken place in several countries including: Bangladesh, Honduras, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. 

Jasmina Josić is a Manager in the Efficacy and Research team of Pearson’s Global Product organization. She works with the product and research teams to develop research frameworks and implement evaluations of digital products in K-12, higher education, and English language learning sectors. Her research is concerned with examining the internationalization of higher education, dynamics of educational policies in urban spaces, youth citizenship and identity, and student engagement and achievement.  Josić has conducted multiple research studies with youth and managed youth programs in urban U.S. settings.  Josić received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Kate S. McCleary is an Associate Researcher with the LEAD Center in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she focuses on evaluation and assessment of higher education programs. McCleary has worked in international education and carried out research on gender in education, youth agency, and intercultural learning. After holding fellowships with Save the Children and CARE International, McCleary served as the director of the Global Education Office at Washington College prior to her current position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Educational Policy & Administration with a focus in Comparative International Development Education. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Education and Youth Agency
  • Book Subtitle Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts
  • Editors Joan G. DeJaeghere
    Jasmina Josić
    Kate S. McCleary
  • Series Title Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Responsible Adolescent Devel.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-33342-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81489-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-33344-1
  • Series ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-0903
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 272
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Developmental Psychology
    International and Comparative Education
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