Part-time spaces: rethinking belonging in HE

Carruthers Thomas, Kate (2016) Part-time spaces: rethinking belonging in HE. In: Enduring Inequalities and New Agendas For Widening Participation in Higher Education: Student Access, Mobilities and Success, 27 July 2016, University of Leeds.

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This presentation reviews the findings of a multiple case study investigating dimensions of ‘belonging’ for mature part-time undergraduates in English higher education in the context of the recent White Paper. Dominant ideas of ‘belonging in HE’ are problematic in the context of a diverse undergraduate population, not least part-time, mature undergraduates whose multiple identities, cross-cut by age, gender, race and class, position them on the periphery. Thinking ‘spatially’ invites attention to the way institutional spaces are occupied and by whom, and makes visible dominant and marginal practices of belonging. The findings include outcomes of a ‘mapping belonging’ exercise, utilised as a means of disrupting campus spaces, making multiple experiences of common spaces visible and exploring alternative dimensions of belonging. What are the implications for practice – and policy?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
27 July 2016Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: belonging, retention, mature part-time undergraduates, spatial, higher education
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
CAH26 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01-03 - human geography
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Kate Thomas
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 16:09
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:01

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