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The Hidden Benefits Of Part-time Higher Education Study To Working Practices: Is There A Case For Making Them More Visible?

Callender, C; Little, B; (2015) The Hidden Benefits Of Part-time Higher Education Study To Working Practices: Is There A Case For Making Them More Visible? Journal of Education and Work , 28 (3) pp. 250-272. 10.1080/13639080.2014.894635. Green open access

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Abstract

Within the UK, part-time study is now seen as important in meeting wider government objectives for higher education (HE) and for sustainable economic growth through skills development. Yet, measures to capture the impact of HE may not be wholly appropriate to part-time study. In particular, the continuing focus on tangible, economic measures may be down-playing, or even completely overlooking, other gains. Data from a longitudinal study of part-time students show that irrespective of whether graduates had changed job or employer, or had stayed in the same job, individuals reported substantial work-related gains from their HE studies. We suggest that current research questions that focus on job moves and progression within the labour market, may well be the wrong questions to ask to gauge measures of benefits/returns to HE. Further research is needed to develop measures to fully capture the social returns of skills acquisition through part-time study.

Type: Article
Title: The Hidden Benefits Of Part-time Higher Education Study To Working Practices: Is There A Case For Making Them More Visible?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2014.894635
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2014.894635
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.
Keywords: part-time higher education, returns to higher education, skills acquisition, identity and social capital
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 - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1535403
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