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Uni has a different language … to the real world: demystifying academic culture and discourse for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds

McKay, Jade and Devlin, Marcia 2014, Uni has a different language … to the real world: demystifying academic culture and discourse for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, Higher education research and development, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 949-961, doi: 10.1080/07294360.2014.890570.

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Title Uni has a different language … to the real world: demystifying academic culture and discourse for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds
Author(s) McKay, Jade
Devlin, Marcia
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 33
Issue number 5
Start page 949
End page 961
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0729-4360
Keyword(s) academic culture
academic discourse
diversity
equity
low socioeconomic students
student success
Summary The Australian government has set ambitious targets for increased higher-education participation of people from low socioeconomic backgrounds. There is, thus, a pressing need to explore how best to empower these students with what they require to progress and succeed at university. The paper draws on a literature review and qualitative data from a national study in which 89 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and 26 staff were interviewed. The paper argues that demystifying academic culture and discourses for these students is a key step institutions and staff can take in assisting students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to progress and succeed at university. A recurring theme to emerge from both the literature and interviews with students and staff was that teaching the discourse empowers and enables students to learn, has a positive impact on their sense of belonging and ultimately helps them succeed in higher education.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2014.890570
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, HERDSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062410

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Business and Law
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