1st Edition

Researching Widening Access to Lifelong Learning
Issues and Approaches in International Research

ISBN 9780415409643
Published June 14, 2007 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This authoritative volume is a truly international contribution to the worldwide debate on how best to widen access to lifelong learning.

The first section of the book comprises research studies from around the world, reflecting the diversity of contexts in which widening access is researched and considers issues central to the access debate, including different understandings of the concept of access, organisational and structural change, curriculum development, entry policies, performance and retention and labour market outcomes.

The second section illustrates diverse and innovative methodological approaches that have been employed by researchers in the field, and considers the range of approaches available.

Given the growing concern around the world on the need to combat social exclusion and to improve economic circumstances through access to lifelong learning, this book acts as a unique reference point informing the ongoing debate, exploring the relationships between research, policy and practice.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Key Issues  1. An International Perspective on Researching Widening Access  2. Researching Widening Access: An Overview  3. Researching Access in a Rapidly Changing Context: Experiences from Higher Education in South Africa  4. Looking through the Kaleidoscope: Diversification, Accessibility and Inequality in Scottish Higher Education  5. Discourses of Access: Changing Views in a Changing World  6. Widening Access to Literacy  7. Widening Access for the Education of Adults in the United States  8. E-Learning and Access: Getting behind the Hype  9. Access as More: Issues of Student Performance, Retention, and Institutional Change  10. After Access: Researching Labour Market Issues Part 2: Methodological Issues  11. Participatory Paradigms: Researching ‘With’ rather than ‘On’  12. Questions of Access and Participation: Some Contributions from Qualitative Research  13. Biography and Narratives: Adult Returnees to learning  14. Counting Access: Problems and Puzzles  15. E-Learning, Marginalised Communities and Social Capital: A Mixed Method Approach  16. Organisation Behaviour, Research and Access  17. The Case Study Approach to Research in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL  18. Researching Widening Access: The Future Agenda.  Index

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Mike Osborne is Professor of Lifelong Learning, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling and editor of the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education.

Jim Gallacher is a Professor of Lifelong Learning and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Beth Crossan is Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glagow Caledonian University.