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ERIC Number: EJ952222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Diverse Pathways into Higher Education: Using Students' Stories to Identify Transformative Experiences
Benson, Robyn; Hewitt, Lesley; Heagney, Margaret; Devos, Anita; Crosling, Glenda
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v50 n1 p26-53 Apr 2010
This paper is based on findings from the first phase of a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. The concept of perspective transformation is used to explore students' stories about factors that influenced them on their journey to university, including socio-economic background, family difficulties, gender, the effect of being first in family to enter higher education, migration, location and experiences of schooling. The paper argues that, for some participants, the decision to enrol was not primarily the effect of perspective transformation, but rather the result of other aspects of their lives. Finally, we comment on the value of narrative inquiry for revealing participants' experiences and, potentially, for supporting the process of transformation. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia