On underrepresented and vulnerable groups of students: contributions to the enhancement of the social dimension of higher education in Croatia

Puzić, Saša and Baketa, Nikola and Baranović, Branislava and Gregurović, Margareta and Matković, Teo and Mornar, Mirta and Odak, Iva and Šabić, Josip (2021) On underrepresented and vulnerable groups of students: contributions to the enhancement of the social dimension of higher education in Croatia. Ministry of Science and Education, Zagreb, pp. 145-149. ISBN 978-953-8374-06-7

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Addressing the obstacles that students belonging to vulnerable groups are facing implies that equality of chances in higher education cannot be reduced only to the formal enabling of access to higher education. It requires a clear articulation of “real options“ that are at disposal to various groups of students (Lynch and Baker, 2005) and upon which, eventually, depends their educational success. The main precondition for this is the identification of relevant groups of students, and the general factors that contribute to their underrepresentation and/or vulnerability. The recognition of the obstacles is the main precondition for strenghtening the social dimension of higher education, i.e. for the enlargement of “real options“ for successful studying and completing the studies. This study is therefore focused on acquiring a more in-depth insight into student experience, to enable the recognition of relevant obstacles arising from belonging to a vulnerable group. With this purpose, the data gathered in focus groups and interviews with selected underrepresented and vulnerable groups of students are analysed. Since technical reasons prevented us from obtaining data related to all eighteen groups listed in the National Plan, we confined our selection to some so far less explored groups: refuge and asylum seeking students, students belonging to the Roma minority, LGBTQ+ students, students from alternative care, female students in the technical field, male students in humanities, and students who are children of Croatian Homeland War veterans. Besides the findings on the student experience of selected underrepresented and vulnerable groups of students, the study includes two complementary analyses related to the social dimension on higher education in Croatia. The first brings an overview of literature on recent research on underrepresented and vulnerable groups of students in Croatia, and the second includes an analysis of recent national policies and strategic documents of higher education institutions in Croatia.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Language: English. - Publication is also published in Croatian. - Title in Croatian: O podzastupljenim i ranjivim skupinama studenata: prilozi unaprjeđivanju socijalne dimenzije visokog obrazovanja u Republici Hrvatskoj (URI: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/id/eprint/949). - Editor: Saša Puzić. - Second publisher: Institute for Social Research (ISBN 978-953-6218-87-5).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vulnerable groups of students, higher education, social dimension of education, Croatia (ranjive skupine studenata, visoko obrazovanje, socijalna dimenzija obrazovanja, RH)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 09:44
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 12:02
URI: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/id/eprint/953

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