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Understanding the experiences of educationally disadvantaged students in higher education

N, Mdutshekelwa; Lourens, E; F, Magda

Abstract:
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
Conference Date: 0000-00-00
Conference Location: Germany


Date:2014
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Access, Student Experience, Student Expectations, Diversity


File Size:513 KB
Date Added:12 September 2014


N, Mdutshekelwa; Lourens, E; F, Magda (2014) Understanding the experiences of educationally disadvantaged students in higher education, EAIR 36th annual Forum University of Duisburg, Essen, Germany