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ERIC Number: EJ1110084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
"Diagnosing" Academic Literacy Needs in Higher Education: Deploying the Ethical Resources of Disability Studies to Interrogate Information Sharing in Educational Transitions
Matthews, Nicole; Simon, Jane; Kelly, Elaine
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v24 n3 p445-457 2016
The rapid expansion of Australia's universities has led to a new emphasis on identifying and developing this broader cohort's academic literacies. Enhancing students' ability to work with the specific means of communication in formal education has come to be seen as key to both social justice and academic excellence. "Diagnostic testing" of such skills soon after enrolment is one strategy often adopted to identify and support those seen as "at risk" of withdrawal or failure. This paper draws on the perspectives of disability studies to reframe both such "diagnostic" processes and the way information generated from them might be shared. We argue that there are two approaches which can be valuable "ethical resources" for institutions seeking to be responsive to a more diverse range of students. These are: (a) the nuanced consideration of the consequences of identifying and labelling students, as found in disability studies, and (b) the experience of disabled students themselves of managing information about their particular needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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