Surfacing Possibilities

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  • Title: Surfacing Possibilities: What It Means to Work with First-Generation Higher Education Students
  • Author(s): Moragh Paxton
  • Editor(s): June Pym,
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: World Universities Forum
  • Year: 2013
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-192-5
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-193-2
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-193-2/CGP
  • Citation: Pym, June, and Moragh Paxton, eds. 2013. Surfacing Possibilities: What It Means to Work with First-Generation Higher Education Students. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-193-2/CGP.
  • Extent: 207 pages

Abstract

Surfacing Possibilities offers a case study of an effective education development initiative at a South African university. It focuses on the challenges faced by first generation undergraduate students who come from a diversity of linguistic, social, and cultural backgrounds and have often experienced disadvantage. This new generation of students calls for different directions in teaching, learnings, and support, and we have focused on harnessing student agency rather than working with a deficit model. The varied contributions in this book recognise the need to work at multiple levels throughout the degree and describe the diverse and innovative ways in which these challenges have been addressed. Surfacing Possibilities will be of interest to education developers in higher education in a variety of global contexts.