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Theory, evaluation, and practice in widening participation: a framework approach to assessing impact

Hayton, A and Bengry-Howell, A (2016) 'Theory, evaluation, and practice in widening participation: a framework approach to assessing impact.' London Review of Education, 14 (3). pp. 41-53. ISSN 1474-8460

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Abstract

The English higher education (HE) system is deeply stratified, with younger students from more privileged backgrounds comprising the majority of the student population. Over the last 15 years considerable investment has been made to widen participation but attempts to evaluate these initiatives and demonstrate impact have presented a major challenge for the HE sector. This paper explores the development and application of a framework for evaluating and researching university-led interventions. Drawing largely on the theoretical work of Bourdieu it provides a basis for designing and evaluating programmes and activities to develop student cultural capital and habitus, and foster agency and a sense of belonging in HE settings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bourdieu; evaluation; impact; reflexivity; research; widening participation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 15:14
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 15:14
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8780
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