What is meant by 'support' in higher education? Towards a model of academic and welfare support

Jacklin, Angela and Robinson, Carol (2007) What is meant by 'support' in higher education? Towards a model of academic and welfare support. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 7 (2). pp. 114-123. ISSN 1471-3802

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Abstract

This paper focuses on academic and welfare support for students in higher education, and specifically what makes that support effective. It draws on data from a research project which aimed to explore networks of support for disabled and non-disabled students. Part of the research focused on the nature and sources of support that were identified as important by students, as well as the kinds of support that were available within the higher education institution (HEI). What emerged as of particular interest was the question, 'What do we mean by support?' Drawing mainly on the voices and experiences of the students, perceptions of support were explored and the effects of support on the students' experience of higher education were considered. Through a focus on more generic support structures as well as support which was specific to individual (disabled) students, the research aimed to understand 'support' and its importance from the student perspective.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article provides an original conceptualisation of support for students in higher education (HE), focusing on academic and welfare support and specifically on what makes that support effective. It is also theoretically significant in the way in which the model that was developed from the research brings these issues together in an innovative manner. The research project on which the article is based involved a collaboration between education and social work and was funded by a higher education institution (HEI) to inform developing policy and practice. As principal investigator, Jacklin directed the project, took the lead in the writing of the article and has been involved in dissemination and use of the research within the HEI.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Angela Jacklin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:24
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 21:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25785
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