Transitions from Vocational Qualifications to Higher Education: Examining Inequalities

Pallavi Amitava Banerjee
University of Exeter, UK

Debra Myhill
University of Exeter, UK

Product Details
07 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
176 pages - 152 x 229mm
Very few students with vocational qualifications progress into the world of Higher Education. Many drop out of education altogether and take up entry level jobs with decreased financial prospects. This trend is worrying as the lack of students with vocational backgrounds applying to University acts as a barrier to social mobility.
This book, informed by the research findings from Transforming Transitions - a collaborative project involving further education colleges, sixth form centres and Universities - addresses key concerns such as the background of those with vocational qualifications, the success of these students at university and any issues they may encounter in higher education. By analysing national datasets and conducting interviews with students and tutors across sixth form colleges and Universities, this important text discusses the socio-economic benefits gained from the vocational provision and transition to higher education.
By highlighting the need to develop inclusive pedagogies and proposing practical recommendations, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for Educational leaders, researchers and practitioners in higher education.
Chapter 1. Introduction; Dan Herbert  
Chapter 2. Vocational qualifications, university access and widening participation: setting the context; Debra Myhill and Sharon Morgan  
Chapter 3. Statistical analysis of national datasets: Exploring demographics, access and progression of students in higher education from vocational entry routes; Pallavi Amitava Banerjee 
Chapter 4. Ways of learning: Student voices on learning experiences across the transition; Debra Myhill and Sara Venner 
Chapter 5. Assessment practices: Student voices on their experiences of assessment across the transition; Debra Myhill and Rebecca Morris 
Chapter 6. Students' voiced experiences of social transitions: Facilitating a sense of belonging; Helen Mackenzie and Rebecca Morris 
Chapter 7. Lecturer perspectives on entry qualifications and how they affect student progress; Helen Lawson 
Chapter 8. Recommendations for policy and practice; Helen Lawson 
Chapter 9. Conclusions; Mital Kinderkhedia
Pallavi Amitava Banerjee is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, UK. She researches social inequalities of access to higher status universities, and on patterns and processes of progression across the student life cycle and social mobility across multiple generations.  
Debra Myhill is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, UK, and is the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing. Her research focuses on social disadvantage and how literacy can empower and enable both social and academic success.
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