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Dependence-Deconstruction: Widening Participation and Traditional-Entry Students Transitioning from School to Higher Education in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Keane, Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-28T17:48:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-28T17:48:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Keane, E. (2011) 'Dependence-Deconstruction: Widening Participation and Traditional-Entry Students Transitioning from School to Higher Education in Ireland'. Teaching in Higher Education, 16 (6):707-718. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2976
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract Equality and quality in higher education (HE) are frequently juxtaposed in the literature. This paper presents evidence to contest deficit assumptions about widening participation, particularly the belief that entering HE with 'non-traditional' entry qualifications lowers standards. Drawing on a three-year constructivist grounded theory study with 45 school-leaver-aged access (SLA) and traditional-entry (TE) students at an Irish university, this paper explores how both groups managed the (academic) transition to HE. Despite lacking academic self-confidence, the SLAs reported being far more prepared for HE than did the TEs. Further, both groups reported similar academic experiences and achieved similar degree results. Indeed, in their transition from the 'spoon-feeding' school environment to the HE independent learning approach, the TEs struggled more than did the SLAs initially, requiring significantly more 'deconstruction' from their dependent approach. For both groups, however, their perception of what would be rewarded in assessment was the key factor influencing their approach. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NUI Galway Millennium Fund; Dr Mary L. Thornton Scholarship in Education. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Teaching in Higher Education en
dc.subject Widening participation en_US
dc.subject Student experience en_US
dc.subject Falling standards en_US
dc.subject Social class en_US
dc.title Dependence-Deconstruction: Widening Participation and Traditional-Entry Students Transitioning from School to Higher Education in Ireland en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-09-07T11:22:26Z
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2011.570437 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.internal.rssid 1289739
dc.local.contact Elaine Keane, School Of Education, Room 6, 14 University Road, Nui Galway. 3032 Email: elaine.keane@nuigalway.ie
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