Higher Education

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 455–472 | Cite as

Participation disadvantage in Australian higher education: An analysis of some effects of geographical location and socioeconomic status

  • Richard James


This paper describes the resultsof a study that re-examined the relatively lowhigher education participation rate of peopleliving in rural or isolated Australia. Thefocus of the study was the goals and plans ofAustralian school students in their seniorschool years and the underlying attitudestowards education. The study suggests highereducation participation for people in rural andisolated areas may be affected less by distancefrom university campuses than by socioeconomiccircumstances and the influences of ruralsocial and cultural contexts. Socioeconomiceffects are generally more pronounced andpervasive than any effects of locationidentified by this study. The implications ofthe findings for equity policy and programs arediscussed.

access and equity higher education access and participation rurality and isolation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard James
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Higher EducationThe University of MelbourneAustralia

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