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Boursicot, Kathy; Roberts, Trudie – Higher Education Policy, 2009
In this paper, we examine issues relating to the enduring nature of elitism and exclusion in medical education by exploring the changes in social and policy influences on the admission and inclusion of women and disabled people to undergraduate medical courses and the medical profession. The widening participation imperative in the United Kingdom…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Females, Disabilities, Ideology
Dorling, Danny – Adults Learning, 2010
In a country in which, even after the economic crash, there are plenty of resources to go around, people need to think hard about why inequality persists so much more strongly in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. The cause, the author wants to suggest, is a set of deep-rooted, hidden and unacknowledged beliefs, each unjustified yet passed off…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Colleges, Ideology, Fiction
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Allouch, Annabelle; Buisson-Fenet, Helene – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2009
Increased academic attention has been drawn to democratisation in higher education, following the implementation of affirmative action in America. However, the models of Access policies presented by certain European educational systems deserve more attention. France and Britain share a common position on elitism, although they define it according…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Ideology, Affirmative Action, Foreign Countries
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Simister, John – Higher Education Quarterly, 2011
This article summarises previous academic research into university education, distinguishing between arguments for and against improving access. Several views are summarised, including structural-functionalism, which claims that powerful social groups maintain their status and income, and human capital theory, which focuses on employee…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Private Schools, Disadvantaged, Ideology
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Boaler, Jo; Altendorff, Lori; Kent, Geoff – Oxford Review of Education, 2011
An examination of gender, social class and ethnicity performance and participation patterns in different UK countries shows that inequities occur in relation to gender, class and ethnicity but that the patterns of inequity look quite different in the three domains. Achievement is equal for different genders but many more males take mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Discrimination, Gender Bias, Gender Differences