Article Writing Question

This assignment requires you to analyse the specific case of Rob and explain how the elements and complexities of his case relate to key aspects of the course content. 2,000 words ( /- 10%)Case Study: Rob – Exploring opportunities for lifelong learningRob is 30 years old and a single parent. He has lived all his life in Westeros, a once strong working-class community previously supported by now absent local industry such as mining and mill work. Rob left school at 16 with no qualifications but through family connections worked in a textile factory as machinist for 10 years before the company relocated the work overseas and closed the local factory. Since then Rob has worked in different temporary and casual work but at the moment is unemployed. Rob is keen to retrain and has some ideas for starting his own business – he might also consider returning to more formal education but doesn’t know what this would entail. His relationship to education though has been a difficult one. Never being a strong reader at school he felt less intelligent than others around him and assumed he could not progress as others did in an academic way. The closing of the factory though has made Rob more interested in politics and he now feels more confident in his own ability.Rob has two children. He shares joint custody for his oldest daughter, 12 and looks after his second daughter full time. His second daughter is just about to start primary school. Rob can get a little support from elderly parents to help with childcare, and now that his youngest is starting school he would like to try and progress some of his ideas and better support his family.Structuring the assignmentIn the first part of this assignment you are required to consider why many young people from poorer households or from working-class backgrounds similar to Rob achieve lower educational outcomes than those from more advantaged backgrounds. Your analysis should again draw from the course materials and content to:· Explore the different ways in which this problem is viewed by looking at some of the most compelling explanations within the sociology of education literature.· In particular show understanding of how wider ideas of social class and the interaction of social and cultural capital are drawn on to help explain the relationship between inequality and educational outcomes.In the second part of this assignment you are required to build on your analysis of this literature and drawing on the course material, critically assess the potential role of education and learning in engaging with people in Rob’s situation as an adult.Your analysis should:· Identify and justify one learning opportunity that you feel would be useful for Rob to engage in (covered in the course material). · Critically assess how your chosen opportunity for Rob could be informed by relevant learning theory discussed in the class. · Discuss the potential of your chosen example to help Rob, and consider whether it can address wider social inequality.