Institute of Health and Community seminar: lifelong learning
  • Rooms 008-010, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

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Presented by the Centre for Methodological Innovations: Auto/Biography Research Cluster.

Speaker: Dr Cath Gristy, Plymouth University.


The idea of ‘the journey’ through education is well established and it can be heard throughout talk about and within education spaces and places from early year’s settings, schools, through to universities and community based learning. The concept of the learning ‘journey’ through the life course underpins decisions in different arenas such as education policy and schooling. This project sets out to explore how adults who consider themselves to be on life long education journeys see how decisions made about their schooling and the physical journey to school have impacted on their life course.

Aims of the project

The aim of Dr Cath Gristy's research is to examine the school experiences of people who consider themselves lifelong learners. This project (which forms part of a wider study on school transport) aims to make a contribution to the development of understanding about how the physical journey from home to school impacts on school experience and future education decisions and activity. It will do this by listening to adults who consider themselves to be lifelong learners.

The reason for this research is to develop understanding of how decisions made about schooling impact on life courses. The nature of school journeys across localities in the UK is changing as a result of the increasing diversity of schooling options and school choice. Transport to school can be a key feature of decisions made by families when looking at education options for their children.

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