Using Online Life Writing to Understand the Experiences of Estranged Students in UK Higher Education

Spacey, Rachel (2019) Using Online Life Writing to Understand the Experiences of Estranged Students in UK Higher Education. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2019, 11-13 December 2019, Newport, Wales, UK.

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Abstract

Biographical research is an approach which can be used with marginalised groups in educational settings. This paper presents the findings of biographical research undertaken with estranged students in Higher Education (HE) who have no contact with their family and are studying without the support of a family network. Estranged students completed a Directive – a set of questions with prompts - which was hosted online. This online life writing approach generated rich data about the experiences of this small but emerging cohort of university students. The paper explores, through the
life histories of the participants, how universities can support and encourage estranged students to succeed at university. The paper will also reflect on whether estranged students’ experiences vary according to the type of university they attend. Finally, the benefits and drawbacks of undertaking online life writing research will be considered.

Keywords:Estranged students, family support, student experience, higher education research, higher education, biographical methods, Life writing
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:39361
Deposited On:07 Jan 2020 09:29

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