Higher Education and Social Class by Louise Archer
Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion

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Working class groups have historically been excluded from participation in higher education. Past decades have seen an expansion of the system towards a more inclusive higher education, but participation among people from working class groups has remained persistently low. Is higher education unattractive for these groups or are the institutions acting to exclude them?
This thought-provoking and revealing book examines the many factors and reasons why working class groups are under-represented in higher education. In particular, the book addresses issues around differential access to information about university, the value of higher education to working class groups, the costs of participating and the propensity to participate. Issues of gender and ethnicity are also explored and questions are raised for those who are currently involved in 'widening participation' projects and initiatives. A unique feature of the book is that its findings are drawn from an innovative study where the views of both working class participants and non-participants in higher education were explored.
This book will be of interest to students of social policy, educational studies and sociology of education at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Academics, researchers and policy makers nationally and internationally will also find it valuable.

About Louise Archer

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Louise Archer is Professor of Sociology of Education at King's College London, UK. Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities of race, social class and gender. Heather Mendick is Senior Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is author of "Masculinities in Mathematics" (Open University Press, 2006) Sumi Hollingworth is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University, UK. Hutchings is with the Institute for Policy Studies in Education, University of North London, UK. Alistair Ross is Lecturer in Counselling at Birmingham University and a BACP accredited counsellor. He is also a pastoral tutor and research fellow at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Training, Birmingham. Alistair is founding partner of the Institute of Pastoral Counselling, Nottingham. He is a Baptist minister, and for sixteen years was a minister in three churches. He has a research degree in Clinical Theology and was Director of the Bridge Pastoral Foundation (formerly the clinical Theology Association). He is currently researching the nature of pastoral supervision.
Published June 27, 2005 by Routledge. 246 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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