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‘This is two different worlds, you have the asylum world and you have the study world’: an exploration of refugee participation in online Irish higher education
Farrell, Orna; Brunton, James; Costello, Eamon; Delaney, Lorraine; Brown, Mark; Foley, Colum
This qualitative study explores the transition experiences of refugees to study online in Dublin City University (DCU). Asylum seekers face financial, structural, cultural and digital equity barriers to access higher education (HE). In response to these barriers to access, DCU became a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in 2017, offering scholarships to refugees. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews. Four themes were constructed in the data-led thematic analysis: asylum world, belong-ing to the DCU community, the personal impact of studying and study world. Overall, this study strengthens the idea that access programmes such as the University of Sanctuary scholarships can facilitate participation in HE for refugees, provided that the necessary support to address the financial, structural, cultural and digital equity barriers is in place.
Keyword(s): Adult education; Distance education; Education; Educational technology; refugee; online education
Publication Date:
2020
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Farrell, Orna ORCID: 0000-0001-9519-2380 <https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9519-2380>, Brunton, James ORCID: 0000-0001-7223-0524 <https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7223-0524>, Costello, Eamon ORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2775-6006>, Delaney, Lorraine ORCID: 0000-0003-2422-903X <https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2422-903X>, Brown, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-7927-6717 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7927-6717> and Foley, Colum (2020) ‘This is two different worlds, you have the asylum world and you have the study world’: an exploration of refugee participation in online Irish higher education. Research in Learning Technology, 20 . pp. 1-15. ISSN 2156-7069
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/24533/1/2368-Article%20Text-14587-1-10-20200601.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v28.2368
First Indexed: 2020-06-05 06:15:57 Last Updated: 2021-04-15 06:13:42