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Contextualised approaches to widening participation: a comparative case study of two UK universities

Butcher, John; Corfield, Rohini and Rose-Adams, John (2012). Contextualised approaches to widening participation: a comparative case study of two UK universities. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 13 pp. 51–70.

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Abstract

This article reports on institutional research at two contrasting UK universities, each with different foci in relation to widening participation (WP). The researchers sought to explore senior staff perspectives on the WP agenda at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and turmoil in the UK higher education sector. The research consisted primarily of interview data from university leaders responsible strategically for WP activity. The findings offer a nuanced narrative of the policy and practice of widening participation at two contrasting universities. Researchers found that the WP discourse itself is perceived as confused and discredited. Viewing ‘widening participation students’ as a homogenised group risks both the benefits of differentiated responses through discipline or subject areas and the benefits of more student-centred measures of success.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
ISSN: 2045-2713
Extra Information: Special issue/Winter 2011-12: Student Diversity in Higher Education: Conflicting Realities
Keywords: strategy; discipline; leadership; policy; practice; comparative
Academic Unit/Department: Other Departments > Strategy Office
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Item ID: 33147
Depositing User: John Rose-Adams
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 13:13
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 13:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33147
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