At a time when the shape of society in the UK is changing, this book makes clear what social mobility is and explores what enables upward mobility. Education is seen as a key element in creating opportunities and life chances central to developing a more equal society, but the diminishing level of opportunity available to people from lower socio-economic groups is increasingly causing concern.Professor Stuart examines the role of higher education in supporting social mobility from the viewpoint of students who went to university during the last half century. Based on nearly 150 life history accounts from graduates who were the first in their families to enter higher education, she shows how individuals moved from their families, often in poor communities, to achieve at university and go on to work in academia. Through a life history approach, the author analyzes these graduates’ perceptions of the changes to their lives, their social position and its effect on their identities. The stories reveal a pattern of movement and of flow, often locating the individuals between and within class, gender and ethnic identities, and linking theories of social mobility to the wider debates on an increasingly mobile world. The book tracks the impact of changes to policies for higher education from the 1950s to the present day through the lens of individual life stories and richly details the effects of political decisions on ordinary people’s lives.Governments of all flavors have expressed interest in the question of social mobility. Social Mobility and Higher Education is important reading for policy makers, teachers, academics and university managers.
|Publisher:||Stylus Publishing, LLC|
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About the Author
Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln. She is a life historian whose interests lie in social divisions and higher education.
Table of Contents
Introduction1) From Elite to Mass HE: What is the Problem for Social Mobility and Higher Education? 2) Class and the Life History as an Account of Social Change3) A Rare Breed: Working Class students in Higher Education before the Robbins Review.4) The Golden Era, the 1960s and 1970s? Funded Growth and Student Grants5) Massification without Resource: The 1980s and 1990s6) Paying for Higher Education: From 1997 Stories of the new students 7) Gateways and Gatekeepers: Mobility and Class Revisited in the new era of higher education8) Social Mobility and Higher Education in the future