Re-thinking diversity in higher education: the 'deficit-discourse' shift

Lawrence, Jill ORCID: (2008) Re-thinking diversity in higher education: the 'deficit-discourse' shift. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 8 (2). pp. 21-30. ISSN 1447-9532

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[Abstract]: The shift conceptualises the university as a culture encompassing a multiplicity of sub-cultures, each with its own literacy or discourse. New students, for example, need to rapidly, and simultaneously, become familiar with and engage faculty, discipline and course discourses, library, research, administrative, technological, information and academic literacies, the university environment, and the teaching and learning styles, procedures and cultural practices present in the university culture. The students also need to be able to balance the requirements of their personal, social, academic and work lives.

The shift recasts the students’ transition to the new university culture as the processes of becoming familiar with and engaging these multiple literacies and discourses, and perseverance as the processes of mastering and demonstrating them. The ‘Model for Students Success Practices at University’ provides three practical, dynamic strategies that assist unfamiliar students to achieve this engagement. The three practices include reflective practice, socio – cultural practice and critical practice.

Reflective practice consists of the capacities of observation, listening and watching, as well as the capacities for reflection before, in and on practice. Socio – cultural practice, which stems from cross-cultural communication theory, encompasses the capabilities of seeking help and information, participating in a group, making social contact, seeking and giving feedback, expressing disagreement and refusing a request.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Awaiting paper from author which may be deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Authors retain copyright. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce. COMMON GROUND PUBLISHING PO Box 463, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2009 02:58
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2012 05:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacies, higher education, encompassing
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education

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