Addressing diversity in higher education: two models for facilitating student engagement and mastery

Lawrence, Jill (2005) Addressing diversity in higher education: two models for facilitating student engagement and mastery. In: 28th HERDSA Annual Conference: Higher Eduation in a Changing World (HERDSA 2005), 3-6 July 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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[Abstract]: This paper introduces new ways of thinking about diversity in higher education. The 'deficit-discourse shift' challenges the deficit approaches that perceive the increasing diversity of the student body as a problem, or deficit. The shift conceptualises the university as a culture encompassing a multiplicity of sub-cultures, each with its own discourse or literacy. Students' transition to the new university culture can then be seen as the processes of becoming familiar with and engaging these multiple literacies and discourses, and perseverance as the processes of mastering and demonstrating them. These processes are illustrated in a model, the 'Framework for Student Engagement and Mastery'. An additional model, the 'Model for Student Success Practices at University', presents three practical, dynamic strategies that assist unfamiliar students to achieve this engagement. The three practices include reflective practice, socio-cultural practice and critical practice. Used together, the two models aid students to more effectively engage and master the multiple discourses and literacies they encounter in the university culture.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:29
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 06:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity, critical discourse theory, first year experience, higher education, univeristy, universities
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies

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