Mobilising aspirations. Aspirant mobility. Trevor Gale, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education. A new conception of student equity in higher education. Aspiration. Mobility. Knowledge politics. possibility desirability. territory proximity. archive resource.
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Mobilising aspirations.Aspirant mobility
Trevor Gale, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
People’s aspirations – what they desire to be / do / have, mediated by what they understand as possible to be / do / have, and vice versa – are informed by their socio-cultural archives of possible and desirable lives and are mobilized by the possibility of their access to desirable social, cultural and economic resources
Archives are the documented re-collections of events and experiences, more specifically, the collective memories and understandings ascribed to these, which inform future imaginings. In this sense, “the archive is itself an aspiration” (Appadurai p. 16).
Resources (capitals) are distinguishable by their quantity and quality; the extent to which individuals and groups have access to them and the extent to which the forms of resources (capitals) they have access to are recognized as valuable. Their accumulation take an investment of time and in association with those already in their possession.
University of South Australia
For many graduates,
provides the kind
of experiences that
build a career
Around the world
but back again
No place like
Participation in higher education in 2006
Basis for admission to university:
46.8% prior school
10.1% prior VET
23.2% prior HE
5.5% mature age special entry
15 to 24 year olds in 2006
Participation in HE by age, in 2006:
15-24 year olds
436,396 or 60%
25-34 year olds
168,727 or 22%
35-60 year olds
133,945 or 18%
Source: 2006 ABS Census of Population and Housing
Higher education attainment
32% of 25-34 year olds with Bachelor degree or above
Aus Gov Target:
40% in 2025
5 to 14 year olds in 2006
17 to 26 year olds
People living in low SES areas 6 kms from their nearest university campus are four times more likely to hold a HE qualification than people living in low SES areas 14kms from their nearest (and same) university campus.