|Creators:||Francis, Mary Anne|
This article reflects upon a qualitative research project that sought to understand the factors that encourage and deter working-class students in progressing to the Fine Art Ph.D. With the project framed by the ‘Widening Participation’ (WP) agenda, the article addresses problems surrounding class-specific definitions of the term, before reporting on the paucity of WP-related research at doctoral level and at the level of the Fine Art Ph.D. specifically. It notes the impact this had on the project’s method, as a grounded theory element to generate essential data was required. The form that the grounded theory takes – focus group research involving 28 participants – is rationalized, and the data that is generated is analyzed and referred to the undergraduate-centred literature on WP. The article concludes that access to the Fine Art Ph.D. may foremost be restricted by failures to publicize the opportunity. It also suggests that, for several reasons, WP may require definitions tailored to different levels of Higher Education.
|Type of Research:||Article|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
Article reflects on a UAL CLIP-CETL funded pedagogic research project.
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Widening Participation, social inclusion, fair access, the Ph.D., practice-based Fine Art research, class identity in Higher Education|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design|
|Copyright Holders:||Mary Anne Francis|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Deposited By:||Mary Anne Francis|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2012 16:00|
|Last Modified:||23 Oct 2012 17:43|