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A qualitative study of the experiences of disabled international students in English universities

Soorenian, Armineh (2011) A qualitative study of the experiences of disabled international students in English universities. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This study comments on the relevance of inclusive educational theories and policies within English Higher Education (HE), with reference to disabled international students' experiences. The project is both timely and appropriate as there is an acute shortage of documentation on the application of policies for the inclusion of disabled students and disabled international students in particular in English universities. The methodology adopted was essentially qualitative but did, where possible, adhere to 'emancipatory' principles. Data collection strategies included content analysis of relevant literature and policy statements, and field studies involving a focus group and semi-structured interviews with 30 disabled international students in English universities. The study provided an up-to-date snapshot of disabled international students' accounts and the multiple disadvantages they experienced in their universities based on their identities as disabled, international and sometimes mature students. In conclusion, a number of insights have been provided which will contribute towards a more inclusive HE system.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.545727
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 12:00
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 10:43
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5791

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