Creating a positive environment for widening participation: A taxonomy for socially just higher education policy and practice

Gina Wisker, Rachel Masika

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Abstract

Higher education (HE) systems sustain and reproduce inequalities despite intentions to redress them. However, widening participation rooted in social justice practices increases participation in HE for marginalised under-represented groups through overt, shared and practised values in action and mobilization of HE interests and resources. Drawing on interviews with senior managers, teaching, research, academic/educational development staff and students at six South African universities (2012-16) and scrutiny of literature, our study contributes to cross-country learning by developing a taxonomy of social justice practices: epistemological access; values-oriented curriculum; critical pedagogies and professionalism; student engagement and belonging; critical enquiry and communities of practice; ethical leadership and strategic embedding of practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-84
Number of pages29
JournalHigher Education Review
Volume49
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • higher education
  • widening participation
  • social justice
  • UK
  • South Africa

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