The Rhetoric of Widening Participation in Higher Education and its Impact

Ending the Barriers against Disabled People

Authors: Kikabhai, Navin

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  • Provides a theoretical map of insights into discourses of power and knowledgeDemonstrates the barriers and impediments imposed upon disabled people at degree level participation
  • Encourages reevaluation of the notion of 'learning difficulties', participation and access to employment
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This book offers a critical investigation of the exclusion of individuals described as having ‘learning difficulties’ from participation in higher education. Using a postmodernist framework, the author explores the insights and experiences of a theatre group attempting to develop an undergraduate degree programme in the performing arts. In doing so, he provides a theoretical map of insights into discourses of power and knowledge, and makes transparent competing and contradictory discursive practices. Suggesting that ‘learning difficulties’ is a constructed and re-constructed discourse serving normative interests, the author demonstrates that despite the rhetoric of widening participation, individuals are intentionally beset by barriers, silenced and excluded from degree level participation. The author calls for a radical re-think of the notion of ‘learning difficulties’, segregated provision, access to employment in theatre, and critically questions the notion of participation in higher education. This pioneering volume will appeal to students and scholars of inclusive education, (critical) disability studies, cultural studies and the sociology of education.

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Navin Kikabhai is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He is Chair of the Alliance of Inclusive Education.

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“This analysis may be resonant for scholars interested in the discourse and history around expanding postsecondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, as well as practitioners interested in ways of historically and theoretically situating their efforts to expand higher education … .” (Julia Rose Karpicz, Disability Studies Quarterly, dsq-sds.org, Vol. 40 (1), 2020)

“The book not only offers invaluable contributions to modern research but also does an effective job in securing the multidisciplinary nature of disability studies within a wider social and economic context. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, … who is interested in creating, or influencing, true and meaningful social change.” (Lauren Hamilton, Disability & Society, May 03, 2019)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rhetoric of Widening Participation in Higher Education and its Impact
Book Subtitle
Ending the Barriers against Disabled People
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75966-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75966-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75965-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09366-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 266
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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