- Paperback / softback, 160 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
- 5 Sep 2017
- Trentham Books
‘If you are a white working-class boy you are less likely than anyone else in Britain to go to university’. So said Prime Minister May in her maiden speech.
Mary-Claire Travers traces the educational trajectories of a group of white working-class young men who have succeeded academically and who tell her eloquently about how and why they did so. The author’s positive research and insightful analysis makes for a unique contribution to the study of social mobility and social justice. She and her participants offer policymakers, education researchers and teacher educators vital evidence-based recommendations for tackling the long-standing issue of white working-class boys’ academic underachievement.
Dr Mary-Claire Travers is an academic researcher at UCL Institute of Education.
CONTENTS: Foreword by Professor Meg Maguire; 1. An introduction; 2. Higher education for all?; 3. Early life and schooling; 4. Experiences at university; 5. A degree ... what now?; 6. Why white working-class males do not engage academically; 7. Conclusions: Drawing the study together; 8. Epilogue: Where are they now?; Afterword by Dr Bryan Cunningham
‘A truly fascinating study. It shows why and how individuals can make a difference, and why background is not everything. But it also should give universities pause, because how they treat students really matters - and not always in the ways that they assume.’
‘These fascinating interviews with 15 young men as they progress through their university experience suggest ways of resolving the age-old problem of under achievement by white working class boys. A must-read study.’