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ERIC Number: EJ910819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Educators' Conceptions of Student Diversity in Their Classes
Gordon, Sue; Reid, Anna; Petocz, Peter
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n8 p961-974 Dec 2010
This article reports on an international study investigating university educators' ideas about the diversity of their students, carried out by using semi-structured email interviews. The information obtained from participants was analysed using a phenomenographic approach to obtain an outcome space, in which the narrowest conception ignored any differences between students, the broader conceptions made allowance for such differences, while the most expansive conceptions utilised diversity as an essential pedagogical resource. Educators' ideas are illustrated by quotes from their interview records, and the analysis is situated in the broader debate about the nature and role of difference and diversity in higher education and beyond. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand; Pakistan; South Africa; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States