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Higher vocational education and social mobility: educational participation in Australia and England

Webb, Sue, Bathmaker, Ann-Marie, Gale, Trevor, Hodge, Steven, Parker, Stephen and Rawolle, Shaun 2017, Higher vocational education and social mobility: educational participation in Australia and England, Journal of vocational education and training, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 147-167, doi: 10.1080/13636820.2016.1269359.

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Title Higher vocational education and social mobility: educational participation in Australia and England
Author(s) Webb, Sue
Bathmaker, Ann-Marie
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor orcid.org/0000-0003-3927-9267
Hodge, Steven
Parker, Stephen
Rawolle, ShaunORCID iD for Rawolle, Shaun orcid.org/0000-0002-7514-0660
Journal name Journal of vocational education and training
Volume number 69
Issue number 1
Start page 147
End page 167
Total pages 21
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1363-6820
1747-5090
Keyword(s) access to HE
HE in FE
vocational education and training
comparative VET
policy analysis
Summary This article explores the issue of social mobility in relation to the recent expansion of higher vocational education (HIVE) by non-university providers. The post-school vocational education sector has become the object of policies to widen access to higher education to ensure greater social mobility and provide second chance education to those who do not complete initial education in Anglophone countries. Drawing on typologies of vocational education and training systems, the article generates understanding of the expansion of HIVE within two Anglophone countries (Australia and England). The article considers the implications for widening opportunities to higher education for non-traditional students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds in these two contexts. Descriptive analysis of current national data on participation reveals surprising differences between countries. The article concludes by discussing the extent to which the higher education offerings in vocational institutions can contribute to social mobility within these two countries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13636820.2016.1269359
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
1301 Education Systems
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Vocational Aspect of Education
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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