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Social class and higher education : issues affecting decisions on participation by lower social class groups

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Social Class and Higher Education: The views expressed in this report are the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department for Education and Employment. © Crown Copyright 2001. Published with the permission of DfEE on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty s Stationery Office. Applications for reproduction should be made in writing to The Crown Copyright Unit, Her Majesty s Stationery Office, St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BQ. ISBN 1 84185 419 0 March 2001 Social Class and Higher Education: Issues Affecting Decisions on Participation by Lower Social Class Groups Helen Connor and Sara Dewson with Claire Tyers, Judith Eccles, Jo Regan, Jane Aston Institute for Employment Studies Research Report No. 267 ii Acknowledgements The authors acknowledge the considerable assistance given by the students, universities, colleges, schools and others who took part in this study. Fourteen universities and colleges gave us valuable assistance in selecting the sample of first year students and helping to distribute questionnaires, while a further 20 colleges and schools helped us to arrange focus groups. Our thanks also go to the students who completed questionnaires and took part in the interviews and discussion groups. We are also grateful for the help given by our survey partners, NOP Research, especially Carol Goldstone, Jacky Heath and Richard Glendinning, for their work in administering and analysing the student survey and the telephone survey of non-entrants . Acknowledgements are also due to the DfEE, in particular Karen Hibbitt and Janet Gawn, and the other IES members of the project team including Emma Hart, Emma Pollard, Caroline Cuff, Elaine Sheppard, Mary Crowder and Denise Hassany. The views expressed in this report are solely those of the authors. iii Contents Executive Summary v 1. Introduction 1 1.1 Introduction 1 1.2 The research study 1 1.3 Social Class 2 1.4 Report structure and content 3 2. Research Context

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