Just who is educating Rita? The learning careers of Access HE tutors
Hudson, A. 2016. Just who is educating Rita? The learning careers of Access HE tutors. British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2016. University of Leeds, UK 13 - 15 Sep 2016
Adopting a social constructivist perspective we use the life-grid and qualitative interviews to co-construct tutors’ learning careers. We are particularly interested in the construction of their academic identity and how this shapes their practice, as well as exploring their motivation for teaching on Access HE courses and commitment to widening access. To interpret the rich profusion of academic identity, the impact of policy shifts on their dispositions and their often marginalised position, we draw on Bourdieu’s theoretical concepts of habitus and field as useful conceptual tools. At a very practical level the research aims to identify tutors’ support and training needs; exploring the extent to which they engage in scholarly activity; undertake continuing professional development; and the extent to which they are supported by their employer.
The narratives of the twelve tutors, all of whom are based in FE colleges in London, offers an insight into how their identity has been constructed and reconstructed in response to the changing educational landscape: professionalization, re-professionalization and performativity. For some tutors, meeting management expectations and the targets of an audit culture impacted on their professionalism and the quality of teaching and learning.
|Conference||British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2016|
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|Deposited||20 Mar 2020|
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