Diversity in Australian higher education: an empirical analysis
AuthorGOEDEGEBUURE, LEO; COATES, HAMISH; Van Der Lee, Jeannet; Meek, V. Lynn
Source TitleAustralian Universities’ Review
PublisherNational Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)
University of Melbourne Author/sGoedegebuure, Leo; Coates, Hamish; Van Der Lee, Jeannet; Meek, Lynn
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education, LH Martin Institute
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGoedegebuure, L., Coates, H., van der Lee, J., & Meek, V. L. (2009). Diversity in Australian higher education: an empirical analysis. Australian Universities’ Review, 51(2), 49-61.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of the authors. © 2009 Leo Goedegebuure, Hamish Coates, Jeannet van der Lee & V. Lynn Meek
The concept of diversity has been part of the Australian government’s higher education agenda for several years, but empirical studies on the actual state of diversity in the sector are limited. This situation raises questions regarding the factual basis for the policy claims made. With this in mind, this paper seeks to assess the degree of diversity within the Australian higher education sector through an analysis of the perceptions, aspirations and reported activities of Australian academics in terms of their teaching, research and community service. Using data collected in the 2007 international Changing Nature of the Academic Profession survey, we are able to cautiously conclude that some diversity appears to exist, however not to the extent one might expect given the importance placed on institutional groupings in the Australian higher education debate.
Keywordsacademic life; research; teaching; Australia; diversity; CAP survey; careers in tertiary education
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