The project “DYNAMICS OF INEQUALITIES IN PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION: A COMPARATIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE PERSPECTIVE” (JUSTEDU) is realized by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with the financial support of the Bulgarian Science Fund, National Scientific Program “Vihren”, contract КП-06-ДВ-2 from 16th of December 2019.
The project will develop an innovative multi-disciplinary theoretical framework for reconsidering the social justice in participation in higher and adult education by synthesizing ideas from the capability approach, the recognition theory and the political economy of education.
The project foresees secondary data analysis of large-scale cross-national surveys and a qualitative case study of a particular group of students.
In order to capture the multi-dimensional character of social justice in participation in higher and adult education the project will:
a) conceptualize higher and adult education as spheres of recognition and pathways for overcoming inequalities in redistribution, recognition and representation;
b) develop and test new methodological instruments (e.g. a complex social justice index, a recognition index) which capture different dimensions of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education and their dynamics;
c) create multi-dimensional social justice profiles of different countries of participation in higher and adult education (on students’ social background, initial education, occupational status, place of residence, age);
d) create profiles of different countries of sustainability of social justice in participation in higher and adult education (difference between social justice in access to higher and adult education and social justice in graduation from higher and adult education).