Putting chronically-ill university students into the research limelight

Werth, Shalene (2008) Putting chronically-ill university students into the research limelight. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 67-75. ISBN 9781921214318

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Abstract

Students with chronic illness experience a life event which has the potential to impact severely on their learning experiences at university. Researchers face the dilemma of prying into students’ experiences even though such a move may be confronting. Successful research in this area requires recognition that it will push particular student characteristics into the limelight and these are characteristics which students have sometimes worked diligently to hide for fear of being stigmatised. Researchers in this field, then, need to gain the trust of chronically ill students and develop a full understanding of students’ experiences, rather than taking a distrusting view and assuming that their claims of illness may potentially be discredited. On the stage of university life, students with chronic illness often need to manage the difficulties of switching roles – from appearing ‘normal’ to needing some assistance. However, limited research has focused on the factors which impinge on the learning environment of chronically ill tertiary students. To open this field to more detailed consideration, this paper will consider some of the difficulties of undertaking research about students who have chronic illness.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Copies held in USQ Library at call no. 370.72 Tro.
Depositing User: Mrs Shalene Werth
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2009 06:46
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 02:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: tertiary study; chronic illness
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4779

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