Widening Higher Education Participation

Widening Higher Education Participation
Author: Mahsood Shah,Anna Bennett,Erica Southgate
Publsiher: Chandos Publishing
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2015-10-19
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780081002469

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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

The Right to Higher Education

The Right to Higher Education
Author: Penny Jane Burke
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2013-06-19
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781136450952

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The landscape of higher education has undergone change and transformation in recent years, partly as a result of diversification and massification. However, persistent patterns of under-representation continue to perplex policy-makers and practitioners, raising questions about current strategies, policies and approaches to widening participation. Presenting a comprehensive review and critique of contemporary widening participation policy and practice, Penny Jane Burke interrogates the underpinning assumptions, values and perspectives shaping current concepts and understandings of widening participation. She draws on a range of perspectives within the field of the sociology of education – including feminist post-structuralism, critical pedagogy and policy sociology – to examine the ways in which wider societal inequalities and misrecognitions, which are related to difference and diversity, present particular challenges for the project to widen participation in higher education. In particular, the book: focuses on the themes of difference and diversity to shed light on the operations of inequalities and the politics of access and participation both in terms of national and institutional policy and at the level of student and practitioner experience. draws on the insights of the sociology of education to consider not only the patterns of under-representation in higher education but also the politics of mis-representation, critiquing key discourses of widening participation. interrogates assumptions behind WP policy and practice, including assumptions about education being an unassailable good provides an analysis of the accounts and perspectives of students, practitioners and policy-makers through in-depth interviews, observations and reflective journal entries. offers insights for future developments in the policy, practice and strategies for widening participation The book will be of great use to all those working in and researching Higher Education.

Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education

Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education
Author: Miriam David,Ann-Marie Bathmaker,Gill Crozier,Pauline Davis,Hubert Ertl,Alison Fuller,Geoff Hayward,Sue Heath,Chris Hockings,Gareth Parry,Diane Reay,Anna Vignoles,Julian Williams
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-09-18
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781135282677

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Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education presents a strong and coherent rationale for improving learning for diverse students from a range of socio-economic, ethnic/racial and gender backgrounds within higher education, and for adults across the life course. Edited by Miriam David, the Associate Director of the ESRC’s highly successful Teaching and Learning Research Programme, with contributions from the seven projects on Widening Participation in Higher Education (viz Gill Crozier and Diane Reay; Chris Hockings; Alison Fuller and Sue Heath; Anna Vignoles; Geoff Hayward and Hubert Ertl; Julian Williams and Pauline Davis; Gareth Parry and Ann-Marie Bathmaker), this book provides clear and comprehensive research evidence on the policies, processes, pedagogies and practices of widening or increasing participation in higher education. This evidence is situated within the contexts of changing individual and institutional circumstances across the life course, and wider international transformations of higher education in relation to the global knowledge economy. Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education also considers: the changing UK policy contexts of post-compulsory education; how socio-economically disadvantaged students – raced and gendered – fare through schools and into post-compulsory education; the kinds of academic and vocational courses, including Maths, undertaken; the changing forms of institutional and pedagogic practices within higher education; how adults view the role of higher education in their lives. This book, based upon both qualitative studies and quantitative datasets, offers a rare insight into the overall implications for current and future policy and will provide a springboard for further research and debate. It will appeal both to policy-makers and practitioners, as well as students within higher education.

Rethinking Widening Participation in Higher Education

Rethinking Widening Participation in Higher Education
Author: Alison Fuller,Sue Heath,Brenda Johnston
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2011-04-26
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781136726477

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Extending higher education to people from diverse backgrounds and widening participation is a current international priority. This study, based on empirical data, is the first of its kind examining why people choose not to enter higher education.

Advancing Theory and Research in Widening Participation

Advancing Theory and Research in Widening Participation
Author: Ellen Boeren,Nalita James
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 213
Release: 2019-10-23
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781351028400

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Issues of access, social exclusion and widening participation dominate educational policy agendas and are a shared global challenge. Participation in higher education and adult lifelong learning activities can be a life-changing experience that opens up new opportunities. However, access remains unequal. People from lower socio-economic backgrounds, those living in the most deprived areas and people from minority ethnic groups are underrepresented. In this book, we focus on how we can move the field of widening participation forward, paying specific attention to the theories and methods we can use to better understand and tackle the problem of underrepresented groups in post-compulsory education, and how individuals and institutions can be supported. We argue that in order to make sense of these issues, it is important to engage in both the findings of widening participation research and the theoretical foundations which underpin them. This way, alternative perspectives on the widening participation agenda and emerging research and policy can be explored from alternative perspectives. This book was originally published as a special issue of Studies in Continuing Education.

Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education

Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education
Author: Penny Jane Burke,Annette Hayton,Jacqueline Stevenson
Publsiher: Trentham Books Limited
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2018
Genre: Education
ISBN: 1858567033

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This collection considers relationships between research and evaluation, and the ethical and moral dilemmas raised when evaluating equity and widening participation in higher education. The framework of praxis the editors have created helps justify government funding towards university-led equity initiatives and ensure appropriate use of resources.

Supporting University Entry in the Age of Widening Participation

Supporting University Entry in the Age of Widening Participation
Author: John R. D. Blicharski
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 235
Release: 2022-09-01
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781000635171

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Designed for those working with widening participation students, this key guide provides all of the information needed to support learners from widening participation backgrounds and ensure fair admission to university can be effectively delivered. Providing the reader with a theoretical and practical understanding of how to reach non-traditional students, this book addresses the realities of the challenges the modern university widening participation applicant faces. Each chapter offers a fresh and engaging insight into widening participation and explores the fascinating range of factors that determine whether students from non-traditional backgrounds successfully access university and benefit from it. This book systematically considers the barriers, approaches and solutions required to reach university and encourages a ‘best evidence’ approach that could enable the people of tomorrow to have more equal access to learning and through that, a positive and healthy future on a planet under severe challenge. Ideal reading for all those working in widening participation or committed to expanding the diversity of their student populations, this book offers the insights, advice and considerations needed when deciding how best to help often highly vulnerable and unsupported students transform their lives through learning.

Widening Participation in Higher Education

Widening Participation in Higher Education
Author: T. Hinton-Smith
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2012-10-30
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9781137283412

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This collection offers an authoritative, up-to-date commentary on the challenges facing higher education today across both the UK and internationally. The book charts the impact of global economic trends and recent policy developments for students, academics, providers and changing course provision.