This title was first published in 2000. Emanating from a two year action research project aimed at devising higher education courses for excluded social groups, this book examines ways in which UK higher education can be accessed and valued by adults who have previously been excluded. It also explores the topical argument that education contributes to building social as well as human capital - a necessary feature of citizenship and sustainable communities.
’This book…truly stands out from the crowd…radical and robust, focusing on the real tensions involved in developing community-based approaches to delivering higher education…a powerful stimulus to creative thinking and sensible action.’ Professor John Field, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK ’…raises central and provocative questions about knowledge, levels and progression within Higher Education in its response to the needs and interests of new and different types of student. Essential reading for those interested in HE change.’ Dr Rennie Johnston, Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton New College, Southampton, UK
Contents: Context: Introduction; A kind of higher education; Action and research; Surveying the provision. Exploring the Kind of Higher Education Debates: Skills and lifelong learning in the community; A curriculum off-limits: social and cultural relevance; Educational guidance: customer or citizen?; Technology in the community. The Learners’ Stories: Introduction; Nurturing social capital in communities: women in East Lancs; Nurturing social capital in communities: the DAB centre; Nurturing social capital in communities: the Bridge centre; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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