Special Issue of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Building Positive Learning Trajectories: Earlier engagements and lifelong approaches to widening participation

Guest Editors: Pete Jones & Tricia Jenkins

Recent history in the UK at least has seen widening participation resource focussed almost exclusively on 14-19 learners whilst lifelong learning initiatives have been seen increasingly as the exclusive preserve of mature learners. Across the globe the majority of attempts to widening participation in higher education have been through the targeting of outreach provision at this age group.

The last few years have seen the development of university led initiatives seeking to engage with younger learners. These have included Professor Fluffy, the European Children’s University Network (EUCU.net), SiS Catalyst and the Children’s University Trust (CU Trust) in the UK and elsewhere. There is now a broad recognition that interventions earlier in an individual’s learning trajectory have the potential to inculcate the value of lifelong learning and impact positively on HE participation.

This issue will focus on the underlying theoretical underpinnings of this work, international and national policy drivers, research, evaluation and innovative practices. Full papers (4,000 – 6,000 words) and Innovative Practice Papers (1,000 – 3,000 words) are being a sought.

If you wish to discuss informally the submission of an article for this issue please contact Pete Jones at pete.jones@shropshirecu.co.uk

Deadline for Contributions is 25th November 2013. The Special Issue will be published early in 2014.

Please submit completed papers online at http://www.epress.ac.uk/wpll/webforms/author.php on or prior to the deadline.

Guidelines for submissions to the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning can be found at http://www.open.ac.uk/about/inclusion-and-curriculum/research/contributing-the-journal

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