ERIC Number: EJ1089704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Hearing Voices: Qualitative Research with Postsecondary Students Experiencing Mental Illness
Venville, Annie; Street, Annette F.
International Journal of Training Research, v12 n1 p45-56 2014
Vocational Education and Training (VET) students experiencing mental illness have been described as one of the most vulnerable student groups in the Australian post-secondary sector. This vulnerability can be attributed to the impacts of illness, the oft-reported experiences of stigma and discrimination, and low educational outcomes. There is increased pressure for researchers and policy-makers to listen to the voices of the most disadvantaged learners to aid design and delivery of the Australian VET system, yet little knowledge exists in the sector about how this could and should occur. This paper critically reflects on some of the ethical issues and methodological challenges recently encountered in our research with VET students experiencing mental illness. Through rich description of our strategies for student recruitment and managing participant vulnerability, we aim to contribute to the literature informing qualitative research with VET students experiencing mental health issues. This is a timely contribution to the current debate on strategies designed to listen to the voice of the disadvantaged learner in order to inform teaching and learning and achieve better student outcomes.
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Mental Disorders, At Risk Students, Foreign Countries, Student Needs, Ethics, Barriers, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Recruitment, Trust (Psychology), Research Methodology, Educational Research, Help Seeking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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