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Teachers as advocates for widening participation

Thomas, Liz, Bland, Derek C., & Duckworth, Vicky (2012) Teachers as advocates for widening participation. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 14(2), pp. 40-58.

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Abstract

In England and Australia, higher education institutions (HEIs) are expected to widen participation (WP) in higher education (HE) to enhance social justice and improve individual and national economic returns. Furthermore, HEIs are the major providers of initial and in-service teacher education. This article surveys international literature to explore ways in which teacher education programmes could and do contribute to preparing teachers to advocate for WP, including drawing on learning from WP research that demonstrates the value of current HE students engaging young people in schools and colleges to support them in seriously considering progressing to HE. We conclude that teachers and pre-service teachers are well placed to be advocates for WP. In the majority of higher education institutions, however, WP and teacher education functions are not working collaboratively to embed advocacy for WP into teacher education programmes.

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ID Code: 53508
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: pre-service teacher education, initial teacher training, newly qualified teachers, widening participation, access, HERN
DOI: 10.5456/WPLL.14.2.40
ISSN: 1466-6529
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Open University
Deposited On: 07 Sep 2012 08:07
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 03:15

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