Governments have introduced policies to widen the participation of disadvantaged students in higher education. Widening participation policies are also introduced to ensure that higher education contributes to social and economic outcomes. This book includes important insights from 23 leading scholars across 11 countries on a wide range of topics that focus on government policies, institutional structures and the social and economic impacts of widening participation. While widening participation policies and outcomes in developed countries are more widely documented, the policies, achievements, and challenges in other countries such as Brazil, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Palestine are not so widely disseminated. Therefore, the ‘untold stories’ of policies and outcomes of widening participation are a key part of this book. The chapters are organised according to three overarching themes, which include national and transnational studies of the history of widening participation and current policies; inclusive learning and academic outcomes; and socioeconomic structures, concepts and theories.
- Engages prominent academics, earlier career researchers, and research students
- Provides a wide range of topics related to widening participation
- Explores social and economic impact of widening student participation
- Presents untold stories of widening participation in developing countries experiencing growth in youth population
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About the Author
Anna Bennett is Convenor of the University of Newcastle’s adult enabling program, which is open entry and enables people to qualify for entry into various degree programs across Australia. Dr. Bennett has a PhD in Sociology and applies sociological theory and concepts to better understand social and educational phenomena. She utilises mixed-methods, works in multi-disciplinary teams and is involved in a range of research projects about complex issues. In particular, Dr. Bennett draws on Foucauldian methodology.
Erica Southgate is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle (UoN). For over two decades she has conducted qualitative social research in the areas of education and health, with a focus social disadvantage and marginalisation. Erica is interested in applying feminist poststructural and Foucauldian social theory to complex social issues. Erica’s recent publications have focused on the role of emotion and sociality in qualitative research, deconstructing widening participation policy in Australian higher education, and social class, schooling and educational aspiration and pathways.
Table of Contents
1. Systemic Equity Challenges: An Overview of the Role of Australian Universities in Student Equity and Social Inclusion 2. Taking Stock of 50 Years of Participation in Canadian Higher Education 3. Widening Participation in Aotearoa New Zealand Tertiary Education Since 2000 4. Higher Education in Europe: Widening Participation 5. The Challenge of Widening Participation to Higher Education in Brazil: Injustices, Innovations, and Outcomes 6. Barriers Impeding Access to Higher Education: The Effects of Government Education Policy for Disadvantaged Palestinian Arab and Jewish Citizens 7. Same Sky, Different Horizon: An Analysis of Disadvantaged Groups’ Access to Prestigious Universities in Mainland China 8. Access and Equity in Higher Education in Indonesia: A Review from the Periphery 9. Developing Inclusive Learning to Improve the Engagement, Belonging, Retention, and Success of Students from Diverse Groups 10. Widening Participation in Australia: Lessons on Equity, Standards, and Institutional Leadership 11. The Tension between Access and Success: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Colleges in the United States 12. Widening Access Through Higher Education Transformation: A Case Study of University of KwaZulu-Natal 13. The Economic and Social Benefits of Widening Participation: Rhetoric or Reality? 14. University Choosers and Refusers: Social Theory, Ideas of “Choice and Implications for Widening Participation 15. Global Perspectives on Widening Participation: Approaches and Concepts