Digital narratives, social connectivity and disadvantaged youth: raising aspirations for rural and low socioeconomic young people

Hopkins, Susan and Ryan, Naomi (2014) Digital narratives, social connectivity and disadvantaged youth: raising aspirations for rural and low socioeconomic young people. International Studies in Widening Participation , 1 (1). pp. 28-42. ISSN 2203-8841

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Abstract

This paper explores the role of digital narratives and social media in promoting social integration, enculturation and expressive self-reflection within an enabling tertiary preparation program designed to raise the aspirations and widen the participation of economically and geographically disadvantaged young people in higher education. The program combined Digital Storytelling assessment with the use of social networking site Facebook as a learning management system. Students from rural and low socioeconomic backgrounds with low secondary school results, low aspiration and little opportunity for matriculation to universities, benefited from intensive intervention strategies which focused not only on academic preparation but on the social and cultural obstacles underlying inequality in higher education participation. Combining face-to-face teaching, mentoring and pastoral care with integrated digital platforms may provide a non-traditional pathway which facilitates not only academic and technological competence but the opportunity for non-traditional students to become more connected, confident and visible in higher education.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright. Creative Commons License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 02:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 00:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: enabling education; tertiary preparation; digital narratives; youthful identities and aspirations
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27728

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