Supporting all learners in higher education

Sweetman, L (2015) Supporting all learners in higher education. In: Youth Participation Impact Conference, 1 - 2 September 2015, University of Manchester, UK.

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Widening Participation in higher education has worked. At Bath Spa University, our Creative Writing and Publishing Department teaches more vulnerable students than any other department in our institution. We have students with a range of disabilities and a sizeable number who experience poor mental health. Each student has the right to access a high-quality undergraduate degree programme. Currently, most are entitled to Disabled Student Allowance but this is being cut in stages until its complete removal in 2017-18. To prepare for the loss of DSA, we are undertaking a research project to explore how we support our vulnerable students more effectively, enabling them to reach their academic potential. As well as working on our pastoral systems, our focus will be on developing a universal, inclusive pedagogy for our teaching. Our paper will set out our initial thinking and seek to answer some early questions: What do we mean by inclusive? Who are we labelling as vulnerable? How can we change our teaching methods to avoid excluding those with invisible or undisclosed needs? Can we develop a learning theory that supports the needs of our discipline in particular? What can youth work teach us about a universal pedagogy in higher learning?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: inclusion, pedagogy, higher education, mental health, disability
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 15:01
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 15:39
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