‘We thought we would be the dunces’ – From a vocational qualification to a social work degree: an example of widening participation in social work education

@inproceedings{Gordon2010WeTW,
  title={‘We thought we would be the dunces’ – From a vocational qualification to a social work degree: an example of widening participation in social work education},
  author={Jean Gordon and Sue Dumbleton and Christina Miller},
  year={2010}
}
The policies of successive UK governments have promoted access to higher education by students from diverse social backgrounds. This paper uses the example of social work education to examine one way in which The Open University (OU) has sought to attract ‘non-traditional’ students into higher education. It draws on findings from a small-scale research study that explored the experiences of students with vocational and other prior qualifications who gained ‘advanced entry’ to the University’s… CONTINUE READING