Throughout the world educationally disadvantaged students gain access to higher education but struggle to succeed. This study reports on a narrative ethnographic study of the experiences of seven such students at a university in South Africa. Data was collected through interviews while journals and social media were used as additional sources. Data analysis was done from an ecosystemic perspective and revealed that the students faced academic, financial, linguistic, social and administrative system challenges which led to very high stress levels. They struggled to become part of the academic practice and responded by functioning on the periphery of the university system.
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|Title of Paper:||Understanding the experiences of educationally disadvantaged students in higher education|
|Conference Name:||EAIR 36th Annual Forum in Essen|
|Document Type:||Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)|
|Keywords:||Access, Student Experience, Student Expectations, Diversity|
|File Size:||513 KB|
|Date Added:||12 September 2014|