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Health-inclusive higher education : listening to students with disabilities or chronic illnesses

Hughes, Kate, Corcoran, Tim and Slee, Roger 2016, Health-inclusive higher education : listening to students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, Higher education research and development, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 488-501, doi: 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107885.

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Title Health-inclusive higher education : listening to students with disabilities or chronic illnesses
Author(s) Hughes, Kate
Corcoran, Tim
Slee, Roger
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page 488
End page 501
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1469-8366
Keyword(s) academic development
chronic illness
discrimination
engagement
equity
higher education
mental health
Summary This paper reports on a small-scale project undertaken with tertiary students who identified as having an impairment either at enrolment or by registering with the university's Disability Support Unit (DSU). The aim of the study was to explore with these students ways in which the university was currently meeting their academic support needs and the ways in which these needs might be better met. Consistent with the definition of disability within the Australian Disability Discrimination Act, it became apparent that a significant number of students who identified with that definition, or sought help from disability services, also presented with needs arising from chronic illness. The majority of participants cited an emotional or psychological illness, rather than a physical, intellectual or sensory one, as a possible precursor to difficulties in engagement with the university. We conclude by considering whether commonly used institutional categories are apposite to an understanding of the ways in which students perceive themselves and, importantly, their engagement with the university and success within it.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07294360.2015.1107885
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, HERDSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084399

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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