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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Success and opportunity in challenging times

Guest editors

Dr Janet A Taylor (Southern Cross University, Australia)

Rationale and themes

Times are challenging for higher education practitioners. Government policies around tertiary education in many countries are changing, traditional funding models are being questioned, and government and non-government providers actively compete for students. In the middle of these discussions, the widening participation agenda has gained momentum so that in Australia and internationally increasing numbers of students from named equity groups are accessing higher education. This collection includes articles detailing initiatives being undertaken in the widening participation arena and highlights successes and opportunities amidst challenging times.

Posted: 2015-10-20
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International Studies in Widening Participation ISSN 2203-8841