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Diversity and the academy

Parker, Jan (2007). Diversity and the academy. Teaching in Higher Education, 12(5-6) pp. 787–792.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13562510701596455
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Abstract

This essay comes from pondering the relationship, queried in the Call for this Special Issue, between the 'language of diversity' and the 'embracing of different forms of knowledge and ways of knowing' in the university. The issue of diversity is usually a sociological rather than an epistemological one - the access to and inclusion in higher education of individuals from under-represented groups, groups defined by previous education qualifications, class, ethnicity or gender. But the presumption of access courses, at least, is that such personal diversity, once (hopefully) welcomed into the university, is then normalised (inter alia, Lillis & Turner, 2001). So the Call, by linking the two, raises two questions explored here - should the university be a place of heterodoxies rather than orthodoxy: should it embrace different ways of knowing? And, what should be done with personal, diverse and potentially troublesome ways of knowing?.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1356-2517
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15654
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 10:05
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15654
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