Moving beyond a ‘bums-on-seats’ analysis of progress towards widening participation: reflections on the context, design and evaluation of an Australian government-funded mentoring programme

Lynch, Julianne, Walker-Gibbs, Bernadette and Herbert, Sandra 2015, Moving beyond a ‘bums-on-seats’ analysis of progress towards widening participation: reflections on the context, design and evaluation of an Australian government-funded mentoring programme, Journal of higher education policy and management, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 144-158, doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019122.

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Title Moving beyond a ‘bums-on-seats’ analysis of progress towards widening participation: reflections on the context, design and evaluation of an Australian government-funded mentoring programme
Author(s) Lynch, JulianneORCID iD for Lynch, Julianne orcid.org/0000-0003-3180-8224
Walker-Gibbs, BernadetteORCID iD for Walker-Gibbs, Bernadette orcid.org/0000-0002-7175-7874
Herbert, SandraORCID iD for Herbert, Sandra orcid.org/0000-0001-5990-5099
Journal name Journal of higher education policy and management
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 144
End page 158
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1469-9508
Keyword(s) higher education participation
equity and access
academic performativity
academic practice
evidence-based approaches
de Certeau
Summary In 2010 the Australian Government established the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships programme – a funding agenda to promote programmes that respond to the underrepresentation in higher education of people from what is often denoted low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds. Many government-funded programmes and projects have since emerged that respond to the problem of low SES underrepresentation, based on partnerships between higher education providers and other organisations. The arguments made in this paper draw on one such project: a mentoring programme implemented from 2011 to 2013 that targeted the aspirations of Year 9 regional secondary students. We discuss data and documentation that provide insights into the conception and design of the mentoring programme, and the strategies used to evaluate it, in order to discuss how funding and policy contexts influences the possible solutions that might be implemented in response to the underrepresentation in higher education of people from low SES backgrounds.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1019122
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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