Mobility, aspiration, voice : a new structure of feeling for student equity in higher education

Sellar, Sam and Gale, Trevor 2011, Mobility, aspiration, voice : a new structure of feeling for student equity in higher education, Critical studies in education, vol. 52, no. 2, Special Issue : New Capacities for Student Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education, pp. 115-134.

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Title Mobility, aspiration, voice : a new structure of feeling for student equity in higher education
Author(s) Sellar, Sam
Gale, Trevor
Journal name Critical studies in education
Volume number 52
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue : New Capacities for Student Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education
Start page 115
End page 134
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1750-8487
1750-8495
Keyword(s) Appadurai
aspiration
capabilities
capacity building
equity
higher education
mobility
Sen
Urry
voice
Summary There is a changed ‘structure of feeling’ emerging in higher education systems, particularly in OECD nations, in response to changed social, cultural and economic arrangements. Taking a student equity perspective, the paper names this change in terms of ‘mobility’, ‘aspiration’ and ‘voice’. It argues that (1) new kinds and degrees of mobility are now a significant factor in sustaining unequal access to and experience of higher education for different student groups, (2) despite government and institutional aspirations to expand higher education, students' desires for university are not a given among new target populations and (3) while universities are seeking to enroll different students in greater numbers, the challenge now is how to give greater voice to this difference. Drawing on these themes of mobility, aspiration and voice and taking recent changes to higher education policy in Australia as the case, the paper presents a new conceptual framework for thinking about student equity in HE. The framework extends from established approaches that focus on barriers to accessing higher education in order to focus on people's capacities in relation to higher education participation.
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:30040162

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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