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Community Matters: The Complex Links Between Community and Young People’s Aspirations for Higher Education

Authors: Laureate Professor Jenny Gore, Dr Sally Patfield, Dr Leanne Fray, Associate Professor Jess Harris
Discussant: Professor Sarah O’Shea

Working towards equity of access to higher education remains a fundamental issue of social justice. Despite substantial efforts to redress historical exclusions via a wealth of government and institutional policies, longstanding enrolment patterns persist and new forms of inequality have emerged in a deeply stratified system.

Our new book, ‘Community matters: The complex links between community and young people’s aspirations for higher education’ offers a new lens on equity of access. The policy focus, nationally and globally, on widening participation for under-represented target groups too readily treats such groups as if they have a singular voice, a singular history, and a singular set of concerns. Drawing on the perspectives of Australian school students, their parents/carers, teachers and a vast array of residents from seven diverse communities, this book uses the lens of ‘community’ to reframe inequitable access. It does so by recognising the complex social and cultural forces at play locally that shape how young people form and articulate their post-school futures.

Please join the authors, along with discussant Professor Sarah O’Shea, as they launch this exciting new work. The book is relevant for school teachers, careers advisers, career development professionals, equity practitioners, and higher education professionals.

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