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      The discourse of widening participation and its critics: an institutional case study

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            This paper takes as its focus the contradictory discourse of widening participation (WP). We argue that given the conflicting accounts of WP it is highly unlikely that higher education staff will be able articulate a coherent definition of WP practice. We illustrate our thesis with an institutional case study which analysed policy documents and was based on in-depth interviews with staff. We found that not only did staff have contradictory definitions of WP, but that those who saw themselves as committed questioned the commitment of others. Thus despite institutional rhetoric our participants fell back on personal values when implementing WP activity.

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            Journal
            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 July 2010
            : 8
            : 2
            : 105-115
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            1474-8460(20100701)8:2L.105;1- s2.phd /ioep/clre/2010/00000008/00000002/art00002
            10.1080/14748460.2010.487328
            bf1c0088-224a-4fe1-8f1b-0e3b3553c0fe
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            VALUES,WIDENING PARTICIPATION,POLICY,HIGHER EDUCATION

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