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Busher, Hugh; James, Nalita – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2019
This paper discusses how mature Access to Higher Education (AHE) students worked hard to gain access to Higher Education (HE) because they wished to pursue careers that required this level of education. They wanted to transform themselves as learners to achieve their aspirations despite the hurdles that many faced, such as maintaining families,…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, College Students, Occupational Aspiration
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James, Nalita; Lokhtina, Irina – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2018
There has been little empirical research that has paid attention to the identity formation of academics, who experience transitions across communities and changing forms of academic membership. Drawing on the narratives of two academics based in Cypriot public universities, who were part of a qualitative study examining the impact of communities…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Identity, Public Colleges, College Faculty
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James, Nalita; Busher, Hugh; Suttill, Beth – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2015
Despite the diversification of the student population in higher education, there has been little empirical research on the impact of Access to Higher Education (AHE) courses, on mature students' learning identities, and of the changes in higher education policy on their chances to participate. Using data from a study examining AHE students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Students, College Students, Access to Education
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Esmond, Bill – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2015
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…
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, Part Time Students, Qualitative Research
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Fragoso, A. – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
The Bologna Process, recently implemented in Portugal, has brought many changes to higher education institutions. One of these changes refers to a law that enables mature students (23 years and older) to gain special access to higher education, taking into account their professional experience and other biographical elements. The numbers of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Adult Students, Nontraditional Students
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Kurantowicz, Ewa; Nizinska, Adrianna – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
The article is based on the results of research carried out under the RANLHE project in several Polish academic institutions. Applying the biographical research approach, the project aimed to explore and understand the access and retention-related experiences of non-traditional students. In a study of non-traditional students, three distinct…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Holding Power, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students
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Alheit, Peter – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
This paper examines the idea of qualitative comparing in order to create a "heuristic concept" that will enable relational structures to be examined, drawing on the sociological tradition founded by Norbert Elias. Subsequently, an empirical research example -- the comparison of three "mentality spaces" in post-socialist…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Heuristics
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Thunborg, Camilla; Bron, Agnieszka; Edström, Eva – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
Changes in higher education (HE) in Sweden, from elite to mass education, with an increased number of students and institutions, has raised questions about the role of HE in society. Relating to conflicts between discourses of employability, democracy, traditional academic norms and experiences of non-traditional students, the aim of this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Students, Student Experience, Student Motivation
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Schömer, Frank; González-Monteagudo, José – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
This paper explores participation in higher education in Germany and Spain through two case studies from the RANLHE project. There is one case in each national context (Germany and Spain) based on biographical interviews undertaken between 2008 and 2010. Social, economic and cultural dimensions are explored in order to better understand the German…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Barriers, Access to Education
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Field, John; Morgan-Klein, Natalie – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
Social class is a major determining factor of people's life chances. Much sociology-based research shows that socio-economic position is still one of the best predictors of who will achieve success, prosperity and social status and, in particular, who will enjoy the highest levels of educational outcomes. Survey data and qualitative studies alike…
Descriptors: Social Class, Higher Education, Access to Education, Academic Persistence
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Micari, Marina – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2004
This paper presents a study of the rhetoric of employee training in two US management trade journals, Personnel and Management Review, from 1920 to 2000. A discussion of forces that have influenced US employee development theory and practice throughout the twentieth century is followed by findings of a thematic analysis of the trade journal…
Descriptors: Rhetorical Theory, Journal Articles, Industrial Training, Citizenship Education