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Improving the degree attainment of black and minority ethnic students

Centre for Research into Higher Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
6 June 2011 09:30-13:00

Part of the The Higher Education Academy Research Seminar Series 2011: Access and Success for All.  Details of the Series

This seminar draws together work funded by the Higher Education Academy, Equality Challenge Unit, the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, and the ESRC, exploring the aspiration, retention and degree attainment of students from diverse black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Recent work by Finney has identified how, despite the impact of socio-economic status, class, gender, racism and unequal access to the schooling system on the under-achievement of black working class males, many young black men have developed a strong sense of resilience, and have both high aspirations for their future and a clear sense of their own autonomy. Ploner’s research extends this discourse by highlighting how students from diverse ethnic backgrounds draw on their community cultural capital in developing themselves as ‘resilient thinkers’, and the pedagogic and curriculum practices which may help further support their development as resilient thinkers. Stevenson’s work concludes the seminar by exploring the ways in which black students think about their future ‘possible selves’ and contrasts the images used to portray black students in higher education with their actual degree attainment.

Details of the seminar, including abstract, speakers and how to book, are available on the website.


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