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ERIC Number: EJ862060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-1365-4802
"I Don't Want to Go to a Crummy Little University": Social Class, Higher Education Choice and the Paradox of Widening Participation
Byrom, Tina
Improving Schools, v12 n3 p209-224 2009
Whilst there has been growing attention paid to the imbalance of Higher Education (HE) applications according to social class, insufficient attention has been paid to the successful minority of working-class young people who do secure places in some of the UK's leading HE institutions. In particular, the influence and nature of pre-university interventions on such students' choice of institution has been under-explored. Data from an ESRC-funded PhD study of 16 young people who participated in a Sutton Trust Summer School are used to illustrate how the effects of a school-based institutional habitus and directed intervention programmes can be instrumental in guiding student choices and decisions relating to participation in Higher Education. (Contains 3 notes and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom