Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy

Elwick, Alex ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9930-798X (2019) Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy. Higher Education Quarterly . ISSN 1468-2273 (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/hequ.12220)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Education
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 27026
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Elwick, A. Problematising social mobility in relation to Higher Education policy. Higher Educ Q. 2019; 00: 1– 14., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12220. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions (https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/licensing/self-archiving.html#3).
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 08:07
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 10:51
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27026

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