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Recognition and Belonging: Engaging First Generation Students

Richards, Wayne, Elgazarri, F., Sugg, H. and Fowler, C. (2017) Recognition and Belonging: Engaging First Generation Students. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (11). ISSN 2024-8032

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This paper is based on a reflective journey taken by project members which offers insight into the unique challenges that first generation students face and considers the institutional responses needed to enhance their engagement and experience. The student as academic partner’s project was developed to further explore issues of recognition, belonging and engagement for first generation students - who are the first in their families to attend higher education. Whilst this group of students should be celebrated as pioneers of higher education they are more likely than their counterparts to drop out of their studies or have a difficult transition to higher education because they lack the required social capital. In the face of widening participation and increasing access to university for students from diverse backgrounds the paper will consider the tension between the need for students to adapt in order to fit the university and the university’s need to adapt in order to fit the students. We will highlight small developments that can have the largest impact on both the university and the student population. Through this research, we believe that being a first generation student is not a barrier but a real and ongoing achievement!

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: First generation students, recognition, belonging, engagement, learning, teaching, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Open access
Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 08:34
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:15

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