- Provides an accessible and practical resource using students' own voices- Emphasises how students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education- Offers in-depth personal insights into issues facing learners from diverse backgrounds
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About the authors
Chapter 1: Setting the context
International trends supporting widening participation in higher education
Theoretical perspectives underpinning social inclusion
Opportunities and challenges
Strategies for improving access and retention
How students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education: an overview
Using participatory research and the student's voice to inform decision-making
An introduction to the cases
Chapter 1: discussion topics
Chapter 2: Finding the way to higher education: Miranda and Rochelle
Reflections and future plans
Reflections and future plans
Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: transition to higher education and the first year experience
Chapter 2: discussion topics
Chapter 3: This time it's different: Sesh and Shannon
Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: student retention
Chapter 3: discussion topics
Chapter 4: The international experience: Lam and Zelin
Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: international students
Chapter 4: discussion topics
Chapter 5: Coming to education later in life: Alex Carole and Virginia
Alex Carole's story
Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: mature age students
Chapter 5: discussion topics
Chapter 6: Finding my voice at last: Lillian, Marie, and Harriet
Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: encouraging transformative learning
Chapter 6: discussion topics
Chapter 7: Helping students to succeed
How the students from diverse backgrounds succeeded in higher education
Overall implications of the cases for managing and supporting student diversity
Chapter 7: discussion topics
Dr Benson is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Design and e-Learning at Monash University, Australia. She has an extensive background in adult education, distance education and the use of educational technologies in higher education. She has initiated the design and development of many 'workbooks' to support academic professional development workshops on aspects of teaching, and to act as standalone resources for staff. Recent workbooks have included an orientation to educational design and e-learning, and covered specific issues relating to online communication and online assessment.
Margaret Heagney is a student equity consultant and Adjunct Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her current research interests are retention of students from diverse backgrounds, equitable selection systems and equity for postgraduate students.
Lesley Hewitt is a former social work lecturer at Monash University and is currently working in disability.
Glenda Crosling is Professor and Senior Academic Advisor at Sunway University in Malaysia, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Monash University, Australia. Currently, Glenda's research interests are transnational higher education, innovation and creative thinking.
Anita Devos is an Adjunct Research Fellow, and former Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University. Anita's research interests include issues of gender, identity and learning in contemporary society, and doctoral education. She currently works as a consultant to organisations on equity and diversity issues.