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Title: Beyond a simplistic view of equity, diversity, and educational disadvantage: Equity groups, equity overlap, and equity sub-groups
Contributor(s): Willems, Julie  (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: Educational disadvantage is complex. Former and current conceptions of under-represented (equity) groups only partially capture greater equity and diversity issues. Some students in under-represented categories experience little disadvantage. Others who are not recognised as members of under-represented groups can experience extreme disadvantage. This paper argues that educational disadvantage is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. It examines educational disadvantage in terms of equity and multiple equity overlap. It also examines intra-group differences, arguing for the existence of equity sub-groups as factors which cut indiscriminately across all student populations. Furthermore, the paper discusses the data collection instrument that will more clearly discern gradients of student disadvantage. With this knowledge, educational institutions across the sectors, staff, policy makers and funding bodies will be able to better assist student participation, retention and completions.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 2nd Annual Student Equity in Higher Education National Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 11th - 12th October, 2010
Source of Publication: Presented at the 2nd Annual Student Equity in Higher Education National Conference
Field of Research (FOR): 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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