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Narratives of access: a critical exploration of how institutional interactions with students affect regional student participation in higher education

Ostini, Jenny, Partridge, Helen, Kelly, Kate, Owen, Sue and Jeffries, Sandra 2020, Narratives of access: a critical exploration of how institutional interactions with students affect regional student participation in higher education, Student success, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 60-71, doi: 10.5204/ssj.v11i2.1334.

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Title Narratives of access: a critical exploration of how institutional interactions with students affect regional student participation in higher education
Author(s) Ostini, Jenny
Partridge, Helen
Kelly, Kate
Owen, Sue
Jeffries, Sandra
Journal name Student success
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 60
End page 71
Total pages 12
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2205-0795
2205-0795
Keyword(s) Access
Education & Educational Research
equity
narrative
rural and regional students
Social Sciences
Summary This article examines the narratives that drive university staff understanding of the concerns and experiences of regional and remote students at five universities in Australia. Interviews were conducted with thirty university staff members over a period of three months in 2018. Reflexive thematic analysis of the stories told by staff of supporting regional students found that staff used the lens of access to create meaningful stories for themselves and others in how they supported students. Access is defined as a multi-faceted term encompassing access to people, Internet, study materials and equipment and study environments. Access is facilitated by a sense of belonging or identity as a student and limited by the lack of this. Our analysis of “belongingness” draws on Bourdieu’s concepts of habitas to start to unpick the interactions between higher education institutions and the student that develop student identities as scholars and centres the narrative on the student as a person, wrestling to gain many forms of access within complex social situations.
Language eng
DOI 10.5204/ssj.v11i2.1334
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143712

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