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ERIC Number: EJ1054562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
"Some People Might Say I'm Thriving but?…": Non-Traditional Students' Experiences of University
Meuleman, Anna-Maria; Garrett, Robyne; Wrench, Alison; King, Sharron
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n5 p503-517 2015
The expansion of neo-liberal policies' framing higher education has contributed to an increase in participation rates of students from non-traditional backgrounds. While an increase of a wider range of students might be seen as contributing to a more just and equitable higher education system, research has shown that broadening entry points does not necessarily ensure inclusion or positive experience for these students. This research investigated the experiences of first in family, rural and international students as they transitioned into their first year of university. Focus group interviews and surveys were used to collect data. Using Bourdieu's theory of field, habitus and capital as well as Weiss's dimensions of loneliness findings illuminate a number of poignant experiences for non-traditional students. We suggest that facilitating the transition for non-traditional students might require a cultural change by universities and a move away from the notion that the students need to "adapt" to university. Rather, the evolving university might provide for increasingly diverse student cohorts by embracing their habitus and unique features.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia