Reframing widening participation towards the community: a realist evaluation

Formby, Adam, Woodhouse, Anna and Bashem, Jemma (2020) Reframing widening participation towards the community: a realist evaluation. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 22 (2). ISSN 1466-6529

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.22.2.184

Documents
Reframing widening participation towards the community: a realist evaluation

Request a copy
Reframing widening participation towards the community: a realist evaluation

Request a copy
[img] PDF
Formby woodhouse bashem and roe 2020.pdf - Whole Document
Restricted to Repository staff only

352kB
[img] PDF
Formby woodhouse and bashem 2020.pdf - Whole Document
Restricted to Repository staff only

339kB
Item Type:Article
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

This article draws on an evaluation of Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) Uni Connect – an initiative by the Office for Students (OfS) to reduce educational inequalities through collaborative widening participation (WP) outreach across West Yorkshire. It contributes to wider debates
on widening participation policy through demonstrating how Higher Education Progression Officers (HEPOs) normalised 'progression' based on community and learners' needs. We deploy realist evaluation to examine the role of HEPOs in a range of educational contexts where young people historically do not progress on to higher education (HE) at the same rates as their peers when GCSE results are taken into account. While there are complexities around the introduction of WP resources in such communities, the article highlights the importance of contextualised WP, and offers a new model of community-focused WP that incorporates learners' needs, educational institutions and the wider community space in which they reside.

Keywords:COMMUNITY OUTREACH, HIGHER EDUCATION, REALIST EVALUATION, SENSE OF PLACE, Widening participation
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
L Social studies > L530 Youth Work
L Social studies > L310 Applied Sociology
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:49228
Deposited On:10 May 2022 10:27

Repository Staff Only: item control page