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Social class and participation in further education: evidence from the Youth Cohort Study of England and Wales

Thompson, Ron (2009) Social class and participation in further education: evidence from the Youth Cohort Study of England and Wales. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30 (1). pp. 29-42. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

This paper examines the class distribution of young people, aged 16-17 years, in colleges of further education (FE) using data from the Youth Cohort Study. It finds that, contrary to popular perceptions of FE colleges as being for 'other people's children', middle-class students as well as working-class students are well represented. However, this does not imply that FE colleges are institutions of choice; middle-class representation is often related to lower achievement and, for low-achieving working-class students, leaving education entirely is more likely than entry to FE. These findings are explored using notions of habitus and field. Their relationship with studies of the education of middle-class children is also discussed, and the paper suggests that research on class in FE colleges must come to terms with middle-class presence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 13:44
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:48
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8497

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