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Mature female learners activating agency after completion of an education foundation degree: professional progression and the teacher shortage crisis

Bovill, Helen; Harrison, Neil; Smith, Hilary; Bennett, Viki; McKenzie, Liz

Authors

Neil Harrison Neil.Harrison@uwe.ac.uk
Occasional Associate Lecturer - ACE EDU

Hilary Smith

Viki Bennett

Liz McKenzie



Abstract

This paper draws upon questionnaire data from 126 mature, female alumni students and interviews with a subset of 20 participants who completed education foundation degrees in three English universities in the South West. Three illustrative cases from interviews are chosen representing three models of progression: ‘success’, ‘version of success’, and ‘still struggling to get on’. This paper uses three dimensions of agency: iterational, projective, and practical-evaluative within an ecological model exploring the interplay of agency, structure and context. Figured worlds theory helps in understanding the impact of actor’s histories upon projections and practical actions. Teacher shortages and the potential-untapped resource of teaching assistants is explored. Pathways toward teaching can act as affordances or constraints in teaching assistants’ trajectories. Affordances are identified as open, transparent, accessible routes to teaching, and under and post-graduate provision, which provides conducive circumstances through reflective engagement. This may interrupt habitual ways of thinking and risk aversion leading to expansive future projections and expectation maintenance. Ecological agency allows clearer understandings that activation of agency not only resides in individuals but in the context and circumstances they experience. Figured worlds give insight into recruitment and entry into emerging social spaces and the importance of recognition.

Citation

Bovill, H., Harrison, N., Smith, H., Bennett, V., & McKenzie, L. (in press). Mature female learners activating agency after completion of an education foundation degree: professional progression and the teacher shortage crisis. Research Papers in Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1633565

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 26, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 27, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 27, 2020
Journal Research Papers in Education
Print ISSN 0267-1522
Electronic ISSN 1470-1146
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1633565
Keywords ecological agency, expectation maintenance, figured worlds, recognition
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1492349
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1633565
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research Papers in Education on 26/06/2019, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2019.1633565.

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