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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 my voice at last: Lillian, Marie, and Harriet

Abstract:

In this chapter we focus on the experiences of three women, Lillian, Marie and Harriet, to consider the transformative impact of higher education on their life directions and sense of identity. All were in their forties when they commenced the study that changed them. Marie and Harriet are from migrant families that valued education. Both had completed degrees previously but experienced a number of disruptive events in their lives, and considerable anxiety during their study. The study that led to Lillian’s successful enrolment was her first experience of university education. From their accounts of their study experiences, we consider some of the ways that teaching and professional ...

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