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.
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.
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130103 Higher Education 160506 Education Policy 160809 Sociology of Education