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Exploring the retention and success of students with disability in Australian higher education


Kilpatrick, S and Johns, S and Barnes, R and Fischer, S and McLennan, D and Magnussen, K, Exploring the retention and success of students with disability in Australian higher education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21, (7) pp. 747-762. ISSN 1360-3116 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13603116.2016.1251980


The proportion of higher education students with disability is increasing. We know there is institutional variation in retention and performance of higher education students with disability, and there is a need to understand the reasons for this. This exploratory national study examines supports and adjustments provided by universities, including the role of disability practitioners, influence retention and performance of students with disability. The study uses a mixed-methods approach. National equity retention and performance data are analysed by higher education institution. Qualitative data on institutional policies and practices collected from a purposive sample of Australian higher education institutions are then analysed. Findings from the study include identification of factors linked to retention and performance of students with disability, including different types of disability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:success and retention, students with disability, higher education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Johns, S (Dr Susan Johns)
UTAS Author:Barnes, R (Dr Robin Katersky Barnes)
UTAS Author:Fischer, S (Dr Sarah Fischer)
UTAS Author:McLennan, D (Ms Darlene McLennan)
UTAS Author:Magnussen, K (Ms Kerri Magnussen)
ID Code:112334
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-11-04
Last Modified:2022-06-16

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