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Ever-expanding university?: social and ethnic inequality in education
Nuffield College Oxford, United Kingdom.
2014 (English)In: University adaptation in difficult economic times / [ed] Paola Mattei, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 157-170 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In many countries there have been massive changes toward support for the expansionist view, most recently during the 1990s and onwards, where politicians in England and Sweden have gone so far as to claim that at least half of a cohort should pursue tertiary level education. In fact, equality and expansion are intrinsically intertwined, but not because expansion leads to equality. Instead, what is argued here is that, if university education is to expand at the same time as academic standards are upheld, equalization is a necessary condition. It is the aim of this chapter to summarize recent sociological theory and empirical evidence on social and ethnic inequality in education in order to highlight the relation between equalization and expansion. In doing that, I will also discuss what potential institutional changes in the educational system have for the pursuit of educational expansion.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 157-170 p.
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expansion of higher education, equality, social and ethnic inequality, Sweden, ethnicity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104495DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989393.003.0009ISBN: 9780190206383OAI: diva2:723579
Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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