Reconciling means and ends in equity and access through further and higher education sector partnerships: an Australian case
This paper examines the educational implications of pursuing equity and access for adult learners across further and higher education sectors. It contextualizes some advantages and disadvantages in cross-sectoral arrangements by reference to a specific access and equity partnership program in Australia and analyses the impact on the equity aims of the program in continually maintaining and developing the partnership. From the perspective of the University, the argument is that the University-TAFE localized collaborative model offers a successful and viable pathway to university for adult learners from an educationally disadvantaged and/or low socio-economic background. The perceived benefits of a community partnership, however, can undermine the educational and equity benefits of such a collaborative arrangement.
Journal of Further and Higher Education
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