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Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy

Elwick, A; (2019) Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy. Higher Education Quarterly , 73 (4) pp. 507-520. 10.1111/hequ.12220. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper problematises the concept of social mobility through an exploration of it in relation to Higher Education policy in England. Based upon a content analysis of a number of key policy documents from distinct eras, it identifies definitions and understandings of social mobility within them, exploring how such references have changed over time, and critiquing the differences between the imagined ideals of what policy rhetoric seeks to do and the reality of policy implementation. In particular, it considers the characterisation of social mobility as an individualised concern; it positions aspirations of improving social mobility within the market of Higher Education; and it ultimately asks whether Higher Education can solve the government's social mobility problem.

Type: Article
Title: Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12220
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12220
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077663
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