Talitha Stam, graduated in anthropology and journalism, is since 2014 a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
For her doctoral research she carries out an ethnographic study into the daily lives of pupils in vocational education (vmbo basis & kader, mbo level 1 & 2) in the Randstad, which takes into account the way in which (among other things) education, aspirations, gender, social class and ethnicity are important for pupils. This study is part of the Seventh Framework (FP7) funded research project Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (RESL.eu).
Besides the school ethnography, Talitha took part in the quantitative data collection at 10+ vocational education (vmbo-mbo) school locations; and she conducted in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with pupils, their classmates, their parents, school staff and policymakers.
A comparative (smaller) study on the daily lives of pupils in Newcastle, the United Kingdom, will also be part of this research.
Prof.dr. Maurice Crul (EUR/VU)
Prof.dr. Liesbet van Zoonen (EUR)