chapter  5
Discourses of access
Changing views in a changing world
WithDavid Boud
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It is interesting to note how the current flood of British policy statements, papers, seminars and discussions about access are dominated by the metaphor of 'widening' (e.g. Woodrow et al. 2002; DfES 2003). Not deepening or extending or even 'opening', but 'widening'. In everyday usage the term 'widening' more often denotes, for example, the widening of doorways to let wheelchairs through or to meet fire regulations. Road widenings let more traffic pass. In Australia, the equivalent policy cluster has been termed 'equity and access'. While equity is clearly a large part of the concerns leading to widening access in the UK, it is not in the headline phrase.