Expansion and equity in Australian higher education : three propositions for new relations

Gale, Trevor 2011, Expansion and equity in Australian higher education : three propositions for new relations, Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 669-685.

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Title Expansion and equity in Australian higher education : three propositions for new relations
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name Discourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 669
End page 685
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 0159-6306
1469-3739
Keyword(s) higher education
student equity
social inclusion
widening participation
socioeconomic status
aspiration
Summary This article outlines three broad propositions for student equity in Australian higher education (HE), arising from the Australian Government's recent policy announcement to expand and widen student participation. The first is that a new relationship between student demand for places and their supply is on the horizon, unlike any other in Australia's history. Specifically, demand will struggle to match the intended supply. Given these new arrangements between government, institution and applicant, the article's second proposition is that governments and universities will need to develop a new regard for the people they seek to attract. And, following on from this, they will need to pay more attention to the nature of HE and its appeal to people who traditionally have not been all that interested. Informing this account are an examination of statistical data, analysis of university outreach programs, and a comparison of current principles of effective teaching in HE. The article concludes that advancing student equity in the current context will require new relations between institutions and students, which include a more sophisticated appreciation for the diversity of students and their communities, and for what they potentially contribute to HE.

Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
160506 Education Policy
160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040161

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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