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Managing and Supporting Student Diversity in Higher Education

Book Description

Government initiatives in many countries emphasise social inclusion in higher education, resulting in a more diverse student population. This presents opportunities and challenges for academic and professional staff in managing and supporting these students. Managing and Supporting Student Diversity in Higher Education focuses on how students succeed amidst a culture of widening participation. The book is divided into seven chapters. The first introduces current literature and policies to present an international perspective on widening participation in higher education. The following five chapters present students’ stories on topics including getting into higher education, the international experience, coping with education later in life, and identity. Stories are followed by implications for management and support, and discussion topics for practitioners. The book concludes by looking at how students succeed in higher education and the implications for managing and supporting student diversity.

  • Provides an accessible and practical resource using students’ own voices
  • Emphasises how students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education
  • Offers in-depth personal insights into issues facing learners from diverse backgrounds

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Preface
  7. About the authors
  8. Chapter 1: Setting the context
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. International trends supporting widening participation in higher education
    4. Theoretical perspectives underpinning social inclusion
    5. Opportunities and challenges
    6. Strategies for improving access and retention
    7. How students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education: an overview
    8. Using participatory research and the student’s voice to inform decision-making
    9. An introduction to the cases
    10. Summary
    11. Chapter 1: discussion topics
  9. Chapter 2: Finding the way to higher education: Miranda and Rochelle
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Miranda’s story
    4. Educational experiences
    5. Managing study
    6. Managing
    7. Support
    8. Reflections and future plans
    9. Rochelle’s story
    10. Educational experiences
    11. Managing study
    12. Support
    13. Reflections and future plans
    14. Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: transition to higher education and the first year experience
    15. Summary
    16. Chapter 2: discussion topics
  10. Chapter 3: This time it’s different: Sesh and Shannon
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Sesh’s story
    4. Shannon’s story
    5. Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: student retention
    6. Summary
    7. Chapter 3: discussion topics
  11. Chapter 4: The international experience: Lam and Zelin
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Lam’s story
    4. Zelin’s story
    5. Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: international students
    6. Summary
    7. Chapter 4: discussion topics
  12. Chapter 5: Coming to education later in life: Alex Carole and Virginia
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Alex Carole’s story
    4. Virginia’s story
    5. Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: mature age students
    6. Summary
    7. Chapter 5: discussion topics
  13. Chapter 6: Finding my voice at last: Lillian, Marie, and Harriet
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Lillian’s story
    4. Marie’s story
    5. Harriet’s story
    6. Implications for managing and supporting student diversity: encouraging transformative learning
    7. Summary
    8. Chapter 6: discussion topics
  14. Chapter 7: Helping students to succeed
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. How the students from diverse backgrounds succeeded in higher education
    4. Overall implications of the cases for managing and supporting student diversity
    5. Summary
    6. Chapter 7: discussion topics
  15. References
  16. Index