Individualization in the widening participation debate

Date

2006

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1474-8479
1474-8460

Volume Title

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Abstract

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.

Description

This is a the final draft of the article post refereeing. The published version can be found by followig the DOI link.

Keywords

widening participation, individualisation, higher education

Citation

Baker, S., Brown, B.J. and Fazey, J.A. (2006) Individualization in the widening participation debate. London Review of Education, 4 (2) pp. 169-182.

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Research Institute

Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care
Mary Seacole Research Centre