Part-time higher education in English colleges: Adult identities in diminishing spaces

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Esmond, Bill 2016. Part-time higher education in English colleges: Adult identities in diminishing spaces. Studies in the Education of Adults. 47 (1). https://doi.org/10.1080/02660830.2015.11661672
AuthorsEsmond, Bill
Abstract

Adult participation in higher education has frequently entailed mature students studying part time in lower-ranked institutions. In England, higher education policies have increasingly emphasised higher education provision in vocational further education colleges, settings which have extensive adult traditions but which mainly teach employment-based skills and are widely regarded as ‘outside’ higher education. This paper interrogates the significance of these dimensions of college higher education, through a qualitative study of identity formation by adult part-time students. Their accounts, developed through individual interviews and focus groups, emphasised the significance of work to their interpretations of higher education participation: these are compared here to a range of conceptualisations of identity that have been applied in relation to work organisations. This analysis indicates some of the ways in which pathways which adults may interpret as meaningful in terms of work-related identities may correspondingly be constrained by a narrow discourse of work-based skills and credentials.

KeywordsHigher education; Further education colleges; Part-time; Identity; Vocational education; Skills
Year2016
JournalStudies in the Education of Adults
Journal citation47 (1)
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0266-0830
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02660830.2015.11661672
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02660830.2015.11661672
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Publication dates21 Jan 2016
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