Alternative pathways to traditional destinations : higher education for disadvantaged Australians

Gale, T. C. and McNamee, P. J. 1995, Alternative pathways to traditional destinations : higher education for disadvantaged Australians, British journal of sociology of education, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 437-450, doi: 10.1080/0142569950160401.

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Title Alternative pathways to traditional destinations : higher education for disadvantaged Australians
Author(s) Gale, T. C.ORCID iD for Gale, T. C.
McNamee, P. J.
Journal name British journal of sociology of education
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 437
End page 450
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 1995
ISSN 0142-5692
Keyword(s) higher education equity program
targeted disadvantaged groups
higher education
Summary In 1985, the Higher Education Equity Program was introduced by the Australian Government to improve the participation of those persons from social groups traditionally under-represented within higher education. In 1990, the program was incorporated within A Fair Chance For All which provided more specific details of the government's desire for a system-wide approach to equity issues. One result has been the proliferation of access and equity programs conducted by universities around the country and aimed at redressing the disadvantage of potential students. The alleged success of these programs is based on greater participation in and graduation from Australian universities by individuals from targeted disadvantaged groups. The research reported here, however, would suggest that such programs are prone to co-opt the language of equity and social justice, dependent as they are on satisfying statistically-orientated program performance indicators in order to receive recurrent government funding. Further, the paper argues that success in achieving equity within Australian higher education will remain limited unless the structural arrangements that work to construct social inequalities in mainstream higher education are addressed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0142569950160401
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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