New perspectives on school students' part-time work

Cathy Howieson, Jim McKechnie, Sandy Hobbs, Sheila Semple

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Most British school students now work part-time but part-time working remains a contested issue, especially in relation to its impact on school performance. This article suggests that the debate needs to be widened and that much of the discussion appears to consider school students' part-time work as if it were the only source of out-of-school activity that might compete with school work. It aims to contribute to a wider picture by examining the relationship between students' part-time employment, their educational commitments, social life and family roles and how this varies in respect of gender, ethnicity, social class and location. The findings suggest part-time work is not in itself inimical to educational engagement or to involvement in social and other activities. The article puts forward the idea of the 'active student' who not only works part-time but also participates in a range of other activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-338
Number of pages17
JournalSociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • child employment
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • part-time job
  • school students' work
  • work and school


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