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Managing and Supporting Student Diversity in Higher Education by Anita Devos, Glenda Crosling, Lesley Hewitt, Margaret Heagney, Robyn Benson

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Finding the way to higher education: Miranda and Rochelle

Abstract:

This chapter highlights the impact of family background and geography on access to higher education. We introduce Miranda and Rochelle, two women who completed their studies as mature age, off-campus (distance education) students living in rural locations at some distance from their university. Their comments draw attention to the different ways that disrupted early schooling experiences affected these women’s sense of themselves as learners, and inform their commitment to completing their studies once they enter higher education. Following their stories, we consider the implications for managing the transition to higher education and supporting the first year experience ...

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