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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 6

Setting the agenda

Student participation on a multi-media learning scheme

Stuart Olesker

In this chapter Stuart Olesker describes the multi-media scheme at Portsmouth College of Art, Design and Further Education, where he works. He presents the scheme through the eyes of a potential student, ‘Michael’, who has arrived as the student-chaired monthly meeting is about to begin. ‘Michael’ and the deaf student (who eventually storms out of the meeting) are created from an amalgam of several students who have attended the scheme. All other references are to existing students, although names have been changed.

Michael is nervous. It is his first visit to the multi-media scheme. His social worker recommended the scheme to him but Michael ...

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