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Getting diverse students and staff to talk about equality and social integration issues on higher education campuses in India and the UK

Thornton, Mary; Bricheno, Patricia; Iyer, Ponni; Reid, Ivan; Wankhede, Govardhan and Green, Roger. 2010. Getting diverse students and staff to talk about equality and social integration issues on higher education campuses in India and the UK. Research in Education, 85, pp. 17-29. ISSN 0034-5237 [Article]

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This paper reports the early stages of a funded UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) project, ‘Widening Participation: Diversity, isolation or integration in Higher Education?’ The project is concerned with greater equity, social justice, integration and social cohesion within the global market of higher education (HE). The main aim of this three year project is to explore the nature of social integration and separation, equality and discrimination experienced by diverse, minority, disadvantaged and under-represented students attending higher education in UK and India. In year 1 students and staff from five HEIs across both countries were invited to keep a record of what for them were important and relevant events on campus relating to the teaching, learning and social situations they encountered. Getting the target sample of 90 respondents proved difficult and the researchers were left pondering whether the record keeping method was appropriate, if there were important local differences in gaining access to participants, and if there was a general reluctance to talk about diversity issues. This paper addresses the problems encountered in gaining that initial sample, how they were eventually overcome and with what result.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.7227/RIE.85.2

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Centre for Community Engagement Research

Dates:

DateEvent
2010Published

Item ID:

14954

Date Deposited:

17 Nov 2015 16:48

Last Modified:

15 Nov 2019 15:04

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/14954

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