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Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers the first comprehensive, systematic and in-depth analysis of access and participation issues in Irish Higher Education

  • Critically examines the policies and the practical realities of access to Higher Education

  • Documents the progress and difficulties encountered in improving Higher Education participation, exploring the impact on Irish society as a whole

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Introduction: Trends, Policies, Processes and Practices of Access

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-22
    2. Key Trends in Irish Higher Education and the Emergence and Development of Access

      • Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan
      Pages 23-44
    3. Access and Widening Participation – Stories from the Policy Domain

      • Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming
      Pages 45-85
    4. Routes in: Access Categories, Mechanisms and Processes

      • Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming
      Pages 87-106
    5. The Purpose of Access: Equality, Social Mobility and the Knowledge Economy

      • Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 107-130
  4. Research and Policy on Access Students: Experiences, Intersections and Gaps

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-137
    2. Moving to Higher Education: Opportunities and Barriers Experienced by People with Disabilities

      • Michael Shevlin, Conor McGuckin, Sheena Bell, Cristina Devecchi
      Pages 159-175
  5. Introduction: Teaching, Learning and Retention

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 235-237
    2. Learning and Teaching and Non-traditional Students in Higher Education

      • Andrew Loxley, Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan
      Pages 239-259
    3. Retention in Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions

      • Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 261-273
    4. Towards a Conclusion

      • Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 275-280
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 281-326

About this book

This book explores the access and participation issues present within Higher Education in Ireland. It examines policy, pedagogy and practices in relation to widening participation and documents the progress and challenges encountered in furthering the ‘access agenda’ over the past two decades. Access has become an integral part of how Higher Education understands itself and how it explains the value of what it does for society as a whole. Improving access to education strengthens social cohesion, lessens inequality, guarantees the future vitality of tertiary institutions and ensures economic competitiveness and flexibility in the era of the “Knowledge Based Economy”. Offering a coherent, critical account of recent developments in Irish Higher Education and the implications for Irish society as a whole, this book is essential for those involved both in researching the field and in Higher Education itself. 

Keywords

  • education
  • higher education
  • participation
  • Ireland
  • disability
  • university

Authors and Affiliations

  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

    Ted Fleming

  • The Centre for Cultures, Academic Values in Education, School of Education, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

    Andrew Loxley

  • Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

    Fergal Finnegan

About the authors

Ted Fleming is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Adult Education at Maynooth University, Ireland. He recently received the Jack Mezirow Living Theory of Transformation Learning Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the development of the theory of learning’ at Teachers College.

Fergal Finnegan is Director of the Higher Diploma of Further Education course and Lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University, Ireland. He has recently co-edited Student Voices on inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for Policy and Practice in a Time of Change and is one of the convenors of the ESREA Network on Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning. 

Andrew Loxley is Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has jointly edited Higher Education in Ireland: Practices, Policies and Possibilities.

Mark Kearns has completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this, he spent ten years working in adult and community-based education, more recently working with long-term unemployed adults returning to education, including higher education.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education

  • Authors: Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56974-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-56973-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-56974-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 326

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, Educational Policy and Politics, Sociology of Education, Education Policy

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-56974-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)