DICE to co-host upcoming talk in the Sociology Seminar Series

Seminar Series talk on March 9th: ‘Student mothers in Higher Education: two (and more) for the price of one - widening participation and tackling child poverty.’

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Mar 09, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM


ATT 002, Attenborough Seminar Block Ground Floor LR 002, University of Leicester

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The DICE Unit will be co-hosting one of the Department of Sociology seminar series talk as part of the International Women’s Day. This is the abstract for the upcoming talk by Prof Claire Callender:

Session Abstract:

This paper will explore two, usually separate but inter-connected, set of policies: one on widening participation and social mobility, and the other on tackling child poverty and inequality. It does this by calling on the findings from a study which assessed part-time undergraduate courses targeted at low-income mothers, delivered in Sure Start Children's Centres, and run by Birkbeck, University of London and the Open University.

By focusing on the perceived benefits of study and their effects on the lives of the mothers, and especially their children's educational trajectories, the paper examines how these two policies, and the thinking underpinning them, can be brought together. It argues that these courses helped widen mothers' access to HE.

Their transformational and liberating nature, through the academic study of social sciences, enabled and encouraged these mother’s involvement and engagement with their children’s learning and education. Such courses, therefore, also have the potential to improve their children’s educational attainment. This raises issues about the purpose of HE. It brings into question the widely asserted assumption that universities have a limited role to play in tackling the socio-economic gap in children’s underachievement.

About our Speaker:

Professor Claire Callender is Professor of Higher Education Studies at UCLClaire Callender Institute of Education and at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Deputy Director of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) and heads up one of its three research programmes. Her research and writing have focused on student finances in higher education and related issues. She has contributed to the most significant committees of inquiries into student funding in the UK, and been influential in shaping policy.

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