Marketisation, Institutional Stratification and Differentiated Pedagogic Approaches

  • Jacqueline StevensonEmail author
  • Pauline Whelan
  • Penny Jane Burke
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Excellence and Equity in Global Education book series (EXE)


Drawing on research with over 350 staff across 11 English higher education institutions this chapter draws attention to how ‘widening participation’ is being, differently, conceptualised within institutional discourses; how concerns, or not, to widen participation relate to pedagogy and how this differs across different types of institution. In particular we evidence how accounts of pedagogy seem to have become detached from considerations of social in/equalities, causing WP issues to be sidelined, and how the processes of marketisation appear to be deflecting resources from WP and related social justice activities. We conclude by arguing that the practices associated with marketisation and differentiation have significant implications for equity and equality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline Stevenson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pauline Whelan
    • 2
  • Penny Jane Burke
    • 3
  1. 1.Sheffield Institute of EducationSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Centre for Health InformaticsUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher EducationUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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