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Towards a southern theory of student equity in Australian higher education : enlarging the rationale for expansion

Gale, Trevor 2012, Towards a southern theory of student equity in Australian higher education : enlarging the rationale for expansion, International journal of sociology of education, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 238-262.

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Title Towards a southern theory of student equity in Australian higher education : enlarging the rationale for expansion
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Journal name International journal of sociology of education
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 238
End page 262
Total pages 25
Publisher Hipatia Press
Place of publication Barcelona, Spain
Publication date 2012-10-25
ISSN 2014-3575
Keyword(s) higher education
student equity
social inclusion
cultural capital
power/knowledge
social justice
widening participation
Summary Student equity in Australian higher education is a numbers game. While university student recruitment departments focus on ‘bums on seats’, equity advocates draw attention to which bums, in what proportions and, more to the point, which seats, where. But if the counting of ‘bums’ is crude, so is the differentiation of seats. Just distinguishing between courses and universities and scrutinizing the distribution of groups is a limited view of equity. This paper proposes an expanded conception for student equity and an enlarged regard for what is being accessed by students who gain entry to university. Drawing on Connell’s notion of ‘southern theory’, the paper highlights power/knowledge relations in higher education and particularly for ‘southerners’: those under-represented in universities, often located south of cut-off scores, and whose cultural capital is similarly marginalised and discounted. The paper concludes that taking account of marginalized forms of knowledge requires thinking differently about what higher education is and how it gets done.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Hipatia Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051449

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