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ERIC Number: EJ815019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Adaptive Preference, Justice and Identity in the Context of Widening Participation in Higher Education
Bridges, David
Ethics and Education, v1 n1 p15-28 Mar 2006
Cultures of low aspirations, and more particularly young people's adaptation to them, are often presented as the major obstacle to an economic development agenda which requires more higher-level skills and a social agenda which is about enabling people from "non-traditional" backgrounds to go to university. The article analyses and discusses some of the different sorts of constraints on the choices which we make and which may become unconsciously internalised and so constitute our adaptive preference. It argues, however, that all choice is significantly adaptive and has its roots in a self which neither in its development nor in its current agency is detached from the social context in which it has been constructed, with which it identifies and from which that identity itself derives many of its features. Finally the article discusses briefly the grounds on which intervention in the life of such a chooser might be justified and some implications for interventionist strategies which are sensitive to such a socially embedded view of the self. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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