The University of Newcastle, Australia

Research Report now available

Monday, 21 March 2016

The research report, Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches, is now available to access.

Funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), the research report makes a unique contribution to understanding the more subtle dimensions of equity in higher education by examining constructs of ‘capability’ and experiences of ‘belonging’.

Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches drew on data from a pilot project funded by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) in 2014 that examined students’ belief about ability, intelligence and how this related to levels of confidence.

Funding from the NCSEHE enabled the collection of further qualitative data that explored the following aims:

  • Identifying the different meanings attached to ‘capability’ in particular contexts,
  • Considering the ways these meanings shape the experiences and sense of belonging of students from non-traditional backgrounds, and
  • Helping to improve educational opportunities and completion rates for university students from non-traditional and other educationally disadvantaged backgrounds through contributing a more nuanced understanding of capability.

The research report was put together by Professor Penny Jane Burke, Dr Anna Bennett, Cathy Burgess, Dr Kim Gray and Dr Erica Southgate from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Download the report (PDF):

Full cover of research report

A limited number of hard copies are also available to borrow from the CEEHE library.


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