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Title: Promoting widening participation and higher education: Lessons from a four year intervention programme
Authors: Pinheiro-Torres, C
Portman-Smith, C
Keywords: Higher Education;Lower-socio economic backgrounds
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: The British Educational Research Association New Researchers/Student Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, (3 September 2008)
Abstract: Since the labour government came to power in 1997, a major policy has been to increase the participation rates of those entering higher education, particularly those from lower-socio economic backgrounds. Just over 10 years later, little has changed. The Brunel Urban Scholars programme is a 4 year long intervention programme for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds aged 12-16. It aims, through university style teaching, emersion in a university environment, and regular interaction with undergraduates, to enhance these students’ aspirations and higher education orientation. Findings from the first 2 years suggest that higher education orientation has increased. Aspirations are showing some signs of increasing, but are more gradual. This evidence supports previous findings from pilot programmes that change is slow, and justifies and suggests the need for a longer intervention programmes.
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