Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education : Theoretical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

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How do we understand and explain who has access to higher education? How do we make sense of persisting and new forms of inequality? How can global, national and institutional policymakers and practitioners make higher education more inclusive? Access to Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges seeks to update thinking on these questions, combining new voices and emerging perspectives with established writers in the field. This this pioneering text highlights the contribution of social theory to issues of access to education, with chapters introducing and drawing on the works of key interdisciplinary thinkers including Pierre Bourdieu, Margaret Archer, Amartya Sen and Herbert Simon. Acting as an encouragement to develop meaningful access work, this book then moves to examines how theoretical perspectives can be applied across the world to the contemporary challenges of forging more equal access, with examples drawn from a wide range of contexts, including the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Global in scope, this book documents the shared nature of the access challenge in a period when higher education is growing rapidly, but inequalities continue to be stark. It concludes by proposing a new direction for research and a reassertion of the role of the researcher as a social activist for disconnected and disadvantaged groups, equipped with the thinking tools needed to move the agenda forward. Access to Higher Education is a rigorous text for the global research community, with relevance to policymakers, practitioners and postgraduate students interested in social justice and social policy. It provides those with an academic interest in access and a commitment to enhancing policy with thinking tools and ideas for moving the access agenda forward in their institutional, regional or national more

Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 black & white illustrations, 4 black & white tables, 16 black & white line drawings
  • 1138924113
  • 9781138924116
  • 1,275,680

About Anna Zimdars

Anna Mountford-Zimdars is a lecturer in Higher Education at King's College London, UK. Neil Harrison is a senior lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of the West of England, more

Table of contents

Section 1: The access challenge Chapter 1 - Global trends in access and participation in post-secondary education Chapter 2 - Higher education as a public and a private good: shifting discourses Section 2: Theoretical perspectives on access Chapter 3 - Capitals and habitus: a Bourdieusian framework for understanding transitions into higher education and student experiences Chapter 4 - Maximizing utility: The rational action framework for educational choices Chapter 5 - Prospective student choice: decision making under uncertainty Chapter 6 - Too risky a choice? Using Beck in understanding university choices Chapter 7 - Reflexivity and responsibility: critical realist and Archerian analyses of participation Section 3: From theory to practice Chapter 8 - Access, capability and freedom to succeed: a capabilities perspective on access to higher education in Africa Chapter 9 - Widening access in a vast country: opportunities and challenges in Australia Chapter 10 - Is contextualised admissions an answer to the access challenge? Section 4: Contemporary trends and challenges Chapter 11 - What works and who cares: towards a theory of knowledge in access research Chapter 12 - When a Bachelor degree is not enough: a multidimensional framework of graduate school pursuit for African American college students Chapter 13 - Continuity and change: participation in a post-communist country Chapter 14 - The mobility imperative: English students and 'fair' access to international higher education Chapter 15 - Pioneers, breadcrumbs and unintended consequences: problematising access as a social movement Section 5: Conclusion Chapter 16 - Developing a new agenda for access research and practiceshow more