Widening participation on early childhood studies and early years education degrees

O'HARA, M. and BINGHAM, R. (2004). Widening participation on early childhood studies and early years education degrees. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 28 (2), p. 207.

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Abstract

This paper describes an evaluation of a joint project in 2001 between Sheffield Hallam University, regional further education (FE) colleges and the Building Pathways team. The project's purpose was to develop clear progression routes into higher education (HE) for FE students studying on Advanced Diploma, Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma courses in childcare and education. The work reported here represents the first part of the evaluation and seeks to illuminate some of the key factors involved in translating principles and objectives associated with widening participation into reality. The main aims of this evaluation were to review the process by which a set of widening participation agreements were reached, to identify key factors for success and to ascertain any issues arising from and during the process itself. The evaluation also sought to elicit information from respondents concerning possible future strategies to further develop the agreed progression routes. The second phase of the evaluation (2002-2003) will focus on the student experience and seek to understand factors that enable or hinder the success of those students who take advantage of these routes. The paper is set in the context of national widening participation policy developments since 1997, with FE and university responses to these developments relating to early childhood studies and early years education degrees. The paper discusses factors, identified by participants in the project, that facilitated or hindered attempts to widen and improve access for regional FE students onto the HE early years provision at Sheffield Hallam University.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Quality Enhancement and Student Success
Identification Number: 10.1080/0309877042000206769
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 15:45
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2010 15:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1356

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