The Paradox of Skills

Widening Participation, Academic Literacy & Students’ Skills Centres

  • Linda Anne Barkas

Part of the Studies in Inclusive Education book series (STUIE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Linda Anne Barkas
    Pages 1-12
  3. Linda Anne Barkas
    Pages 75-97
  4. Linda Anne Barkas
    Pages 99-107
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 109-139

About this book


The objectives underpinning the policies to expand and widen participation have impacted on university provision to help students improve their general literacy and academic writing skills. This book examines how and why Students’ Skills Centres, (SSCs), gained such a hold in the sector, despite the contentious nature of the research evidence that challenges the notion of the applicability of generic writing skills. It is argued in the book, that on a small scale, SSCs illustrate the paradoxes and ironies that have developed in higher education. ‘

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Anne Barkas
    • 1
  1. 1.Teesside UniversityUK

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