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First results from the international research project Opening Universities to Lifelong Learning OPULL, 2009 to 2013
Overview <ul><li>Background  </li></ul><ul><li>Main focus of research </li></ul><ul><li>Project phases & methodology </li>...
Background <ul><li>A number of reasons why Germany has low higher education participation rates (Powell and Solga, 2010) <...
Main focus of research <ul><li>To identify good practice in transitions between vocational and academic study and full-tim...
Project phases/methodology <ul><li>1 st  phase – mapping educational systems of each country and interviews with education...
Research –  cultural dimensions <ul><li>importance of cultural context  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications – written tex...
Cultural dimensions (2) <ul><li>Potential misunderstandings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Same word’ – different meaning  </li><...
Some initial findings <ul><li>Germany – currently no open university but open access through, for example, access intervie...
Shared meanings <ul><li>Each phase requires discussion and negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>Time to develop shared concepts a...
Current research phase <ul><li>Beginning the interviews to find out views on recognising prior learning within higher educ...
Centre for Curriculum and Inclusion The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>
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Opening universities to lifelong learning - Morag Harvey, Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum, The Open University

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Opening universities to lifelong learning - Morag Harvey, Centre for Inclusion and Curriculum, The Open University

  1. 1. First results from the international research project Opening Universities to Lifelong Learning OPULL, 2009 to 2013
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Main focus of research </li></ul><ul><li>Project phases & methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Research & scholarship – cultural considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Initial findings </li></ul><ul><li>Current research phase </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>A number of reasons why Germany has low higher education participation rates (Powell and Solga, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>German Federal Republic funded project </li></ul><ul><li>Led by Leuphana University of Luneburg </li></ul><ul><li>Partners in Denmark, Finland and UK (OU) </li></ul><ul><li>Widening participation/non-traditional students </li></ul>
  4. 4. Main focus of research <ul><li>To identify good practice in transitions between vocational and academic study and full-time and part-time modes in order to enhance opportunities for genuine lifelong learning. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Project phases/methodology <ul><li>1 st phase – mapping educational systems of each country and interviews with educational ‘experts’ </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd phase – questionnaires with students </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd phase – interviews with students about RPL </li></ul><ul><li>4 th phase – models for a European ‘Open University’ to further open up access to HE for more diverse student cohorts. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research – cultural dimensions <ul><li>importance of cultural context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications – written text, face-to-face </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural norms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different interpretations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different expectations </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Cultural dimensions (2) <ul><li>Potential misunderstandings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Same word’ – different meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eg Open University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK: national institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPULL partners: different models of open universities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Some initial findings <ul><li>Germany – currently no open university but open access through, for example, access interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Denmark – specially designed part-time programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Finland – open universities are part of every university but they do not have the right to grant degrees </li></ul><ul><li>UK – The Open University </li></ul>
  9. 9. Shared meanings <ul><li>Each phase requires discussion and negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>Time to develop shared concepts and understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Common foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Effective collaboration in research </li></ul>
  10. 10. Current research phase <ul><li>Beginning the interviews to find out views on recognising prior learning within higher education qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitative data </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed and emerging themes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Centre for Curriculum and Inclusion The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk </li></ul>

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