ERIC Number: EJ819659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Individualization in the Widening Participation Debate
Baker, Sally; Brown, B.; Fazey, J. A.
London Review of Education, v4 n2 p169-182 Jul 2006
We provide an analysis of some recent widening participation literature concerning the barriers preventing non-traditional students accessing higher education. This literature criticizes higher education institutions and staff, opening up the academics' attitudes and skills to inquiry. We follow the genesis of four themes in the literature and these are visited in turn to provide substantive arguments. Students' accounts of their experiences are taken as if they were a systematic analysis of higher education institutions and result in an individualistic analysis of the problems related to access and progression. Beck described such assumptions and devices as individualization. We question the use of such pervasive individualism in the widening participation debate.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Barriers, Nontraditional Students, Literature Reviews, Access to Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Rhetorical Criticism
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom