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Concepts of diversity in the UK: person-centred methodological approaches to tracking identity formation within education

Author(s) Waite, S. et al  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
Many studies of diversity are concerned with groups identified externally by for example, ethnicity, gender or educational ability. The research reported in this paper aims to adopt person-centred approaches to explore how identity formation interacts with diversity in the context of education. A review of current conceptualisations of diversity in education research provides a background for bringing together substantive and methodological aims to investigate how young people aged 18-19 with different educational outcomes have been constructed as different from one another. The paper addresses how our proposed methods and methodology evolved from theoretical and pragmatic concerns in order to address our research questions.

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