Engagement, Disability, and Hard-to-Reach Students

Peter Felten


Cultural expectations and institutional practices mark off certain students and communities as those most likely to be easily engaged or to be the hardest to reach. We and they then often act within that construct, behaving in ways that reinforce the norms. Adopting a new perspective on familiar frameworks like ‘hard-to-reach’ is rarely easy. To do so, we need to identify and question tacit beliefs and long-standing institutional structures. Yet many of us who work in student engagement have demonstrated our ability to imagine and enact just that kind of culture of transformation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i1.497


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