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ERIC Number: EJ899805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Imagining a Different Life
Stuart, Mary
Adults Learning, v21 n3 p8-11 Nov 2009
The report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, chaired by Alan Milburn, was published at the end of the summer. The report was the result of considerable investigation into the progress, or lack of it, of people from lower socio-economic groups in gaining access to professional jobs. It seems that this issue is one that all the main parties are concerned to address, which suggests that the concept of "social mobility" could be the widening participation focus for the next few years. The report was produced 12 years after New Labour came to power emphasising "education, education, education" as a way of offering opportunity for socially excluded young people. It points out that progress has been limited and in several professions has, in fact, gone backwards. At first glance, one could be forgiven for assuming that the widening participation policies developed since 1997 simply have not worked. However, as the author argues in this article, it is not so much that the policies have not worked but rather that the questions asked--and, therefore, some of the solutions that have been implemented--are not ones that would fully enable the problem to be addressed. The author contends that there are three areas which could complement activities currently being undertaken, all involving a shift in the way one thinks about these issues. These are: (1) thinking differently about families; (2) thinking differently about peers; and (3) thinking differently about communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom