Democratising Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania

Morley, Louise (2007) Democratising Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania. In: 'Going for Growth' UKFIET Conference on International Education and Development, 11-13 September 2007, University of Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

This article is based on an ESRC/DFID funded research project on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania: Developing an Equity Scorecard (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/wideningparticipation). There are questions about whether widening participation in higher education is a force for democratisation or differentiation. While participation rates are increasing globally, there has been scant research or socio-cultural theorisation of how different structures of inequality intersect in the developing world. Questions also need to be posed about how higher education relates to policy discourses of poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals. The article explores participation in higher education, utilising statistical data and life history interviews with students in two public and two private universities. It focuses on how gender and socio-economic status intersect and constrain or facilitate participation in higher education. Findings to date suggest that opportunity structures reflect social inequalities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Louise Morley
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:06
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 16:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24068
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