International Studies in Widening Participation

International Studies in Widening Participation aims to encourage critical debate about educational issues of international interest and significance. Contributions provide novel insights about specific or local issues in the context of wider concerns and discourses about widening educational participation across the globe. Articles critically engage with and extend current research about widening participation in education in the context of wider issues, trends or theoretical debates. The journal is inter-disciplinary and international and welcomes articles that span a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • inclusive pedagogies, curricula and practices
  • outreach, access and equity
  • policies and practice
  • transition and retention
  • online learning and learning spaces
  • engagement and belonging
  • praxis and methodological issues

The journal welcomes different approaches, methodologies, styles of writing and innovative formats. Papers:

  • engage audiences across different disciplines and professions, as well as different nations
  • critically engage with and extend current research
  • focus on providing clear concepts and terminology and explicate their meaning and context
  • provide theoretical or methodological rigour, appropriate to focus, approach and genre



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Policy approaches, ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’: Working towards equity of access and widening participation in Australian higher education

This Issue presents papers that explore widening participation (WP) within Australian contexts. The contributions discuss a diversity of activities, programs, disciplinary concepts, methodological approaches, challenges and opportunities in the field. However, all explore important issues relating to the contemporary challenges that policy, educational structures and dominant conceptual assumptions pose for access, equity and WP. Whilst situated in the Australian context, all contributions provide insights about issues that are important and challenging for WP across international contexts.

Anna Bennett (Editor)

Posted: 2017-08-24
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International Studies in Widening Participation ISSN 2203-8841