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Non-traditional students, issues of inclusion and access

Ryan, Anne (2009) Non-traditional students, issues of inclusion and access. In: Scottish Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2009, 2009-11-26 - 2009-11-28, Perth, United Kingdom. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Increasing the numbers of individuals in higher education has been a central concern of Government in the United Kingdom over the last decade. Furthermore, access for those adults who traditionally would not attend university has been part of this agenda (The Scottish Office, 1998). Non-traditional students can be regarded as such as a result of a variety of factors such as age, income, class and ethnicity; those who could be considered as coming from disadvantaged backgrounds (Bowl, 2003). This paper reports on an ongoing research interest which aims to explore the experiences of students from a diverse range of backgrounds in higher education. Current literature in this field will be explored, and data gathered from a previous study of students on The BA in Community Education will be used as a case study to explore issues of inclusion and widening access. This study focused on the students’ experiences, perceptions and feelings and this influenced the research design. Therefore in-depth interviews were used to gather qualitative data. In the interviews the students described the personal journeys which led to their decision to attend higher education, the barriers they faced and the strategies that have helped them progress successfully through year one of the BA. The paper concludes that if the Scottish Government is to realise its vision of a lifelong learning society which seeks to close the gap between those ‘who achieve their full potential and those who do not’ (2003, p. 4) support strategies and opportunities for flexible approaches such as part-time study should continue to be supported and extended. References Bowl, M. (2003). Non-Traditional Entrants to Higher Education. Trentham Books: England. Scottish Executive. (1998). Opportunity Scotland: A Paper on Lifelong Learning. Edinburgh. Scottish Executive. (2003). Life Through Learning Through Life: The Lifelong Learning. Strategy for Scotland. Edinburgh.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 35963
Keywords: educational access, community education, inclusion, Special aspects of education
Subjects: Education > Special aspects of education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Community Education
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 12:56
Last modified: 05 Aug 2014 14:59
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35963

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