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ERIC Number: EJ1001491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
The Mismeasure of Participation: How Choosing the "Wrong" Statistic Helped Seal the Fate of Aimhigher
Harrison, Neil
Higher Education Review, v45 n1 p30-61 2012
Extant between 2004 and 2011, Aimhigher was the UK government's flagship national initiative for widening participation to higher education for young people from disadvantaged social groups, with costs approaching 1 billion British Pounds. Its demise was predicated on a perceived lack of progress and the absence of compelling evaluative research. This paper argues that this "lack of progress" was at least partly due to a confusion in the implementation of the policy aim leading, inter alia, to the late adoption of a poor outcome measure that underestimated improvements in participation from the target groups and focused on the wrong stage of entry to higher education. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom