Surfacing possibilities: what it means to work with First-generation higher education students
Surfacing Possibilities offers a case study of an effective education development initiative at a South African university. It focuses on the challenges faced by first generation undergraduate students who come from a diversity of linguistic, social, and cultural backgrounds and have often experienced disadvantage. This new generation of students calls for different directions in teaching, learnings, and support, and we have focused on harnessing student agency rather than working with a deficit model. The varied contributions in this book recognise the need to work at multiple levels throughout the degree and describe the diverse and innovative ways in which these challenges have been addressed.