What Eliza and Jake did next: Learning beyond access to HE art and design?

Broadhead, Samantha ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9469-1233 (2021) What Eliza and Jake did next: Learning beyond access to HE art and design? In: ADULT EDUCATION AS A RESOURCE FOR RESISTANCE AND TRANSFORMATION: VOICES, LEARNING EXPERIENCES, IDENTITIES OF STUDENT AND ADULT EDUCATORS. Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Centre for the Research on Adult Education and Community Intervention (CEAD), University of Algarve, Portugal; European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, Coimbra, Portugal, pp. 167-174. ISBN 978-86-80712-40-6


This chapter considers the wider social impact an Access to Higher Education Diploma (AHED) has beyond those educational benefits gained by individual students. This is an example of an Access course, which are designed in the United Kingdom to give those older students without qualifications a means of going to university. It is argued that the altruistic motives of some of the students extend the sphere of influence of their education beyond themselves and their immediate families to other communities. In relation to the ‘possibility of hope’ within adult education as advocated by Raymond Williams (1989) it can be seen that the students aimed to share their skills and knowledge gleaned from their learning experiences that included their AHED course. It also appeared that they chose to undertake this activity on the margins of mainstream education.

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