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Social Mobility in the UK's Higher Education Sector: A Critical Review

Halsall, Jamie and Caldwell, Elizabeth F. (2017) Social Mobility in the UK's Higher Education Sector: A Critical Review. International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change. ISSN 1941-868X (In Press)

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Abstract

Social mobility is at the forefront of the British Government’s plans to improve the lives of the most deprived groups in society. Since the election of the New Labour government in May 1997, consecutive governments, have championed the concept of social mobility. The fundamental aim of social mobility is to tackle social barriers for disadvantaged groups in education and employment. However, within the social sciences there has been a lack of critical discussion regarding the theorisation of social mobility within the context of higher education (HE). In recent times higher education research has instead had a greater focus on pedagogy. The aim of this review is to critically explore past and current debates on social mobility, and the importance the concept has in the higher education sector. In this paper special reference will be made to the new UK government higher education policy on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher Education, Social Capital, Social Cohesion, Social Mobility, Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 14:39
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/33655

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