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What students want? Exploring the role of the institution in supporting successful learning journeys

Mannay, Dawn and Wilcock, Ceri 2014. What students want? Exploring the role of the institution in supporting successful learning journeys. Presented at: #WPCONF2014: Widening Participation through Curriculum, Milton Keynes, UK, 30 April - 1 May 2014.

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There have been numerous initiatives to increase access to higher education for those residing in marginalised locales; however, entrance in itself does not guarantee success and it is important for educators and policy makers to explore issues of retention. Classed and relational positionings often conflict with non-traditional students’ education trajectory; and sometimes contribute to their withdrawal from academia. In response to this challenge the current paper focuses on the accounts of non-traditional students in Communities First areas who took an undergraduate social science module. Importantly, rather than reading these barriers to progression as students’ individual difficulties, the paper considers how educational cultures can create and perpetuate disadvantage. Exploring students’ accounts of pedagogy and administration, the paper focuses on online provision and offers a range of strategies that could potentially improve the delivery of the module and students’ experiences in future presentations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Funders: Higher Education Academy
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:16

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