Resilience/thriving in post-secondary students with disabilities: an exploratory study

Ganguly, Rahul and Brownlow, Charlotte and Du Preez, Jan and Graham, Coralie (2015) Resilience/thriving in post-secondary students with disabilities: an exploratory study. In: Informing policy and practice: 2014 student equity in higher education research grants program projects. Curtin University, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Perth, Australia, pp. 34-35. ISBN 978-0-9923560-6-4


Across most universities in Australia, students with a disability have been enrolling in greater numbers than ever before. However, the scholarship and research on equity in the Australian higher education sector has largely ignored the needs of these students.

The overarching goal of this study was to explore and describe the lived experiences of students with a self-disclosed disability enrolled at a regional university in Australia. Given the paucity of research on the subject in Australia, the study was conducted in two stages.
In stage one, a web-based survey was used to gather data on socio-demographics, disability characteristics, career optimism, wellbeing, academic satisfaction, and resilience
from students with self-disclosed disability at one regional Australian university. In stage two, interviews were conducted with 30 students with self-disclosed disabilities (GPA ≥ 5.5) to gain an in-depth understanding of the strategies used by these students to negotiate barriers to participation in higher education settings.

Descriptive statistics and Structural Equation Modelling were used to analyse the survey data. Thematic analysis was done with the interview data. A description of the key findings are listed below. Due to the small sample size and self-reported data, the findings needs to be interpreted with some caution. Additionally, this study was conducted at one University, and hence findings cannot be generalised to other universities in Australia.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Curtin University 2015. Permanent restricted access to Published Version. Document freely available online.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 00:32
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 04:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: students; disabilities; higher education; needs
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education

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