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Access to Higher Education: Reflections on a Participatory Design Process with Refugees

Abu-Amsha, O; Gordon, R; Benton, L; Vasalou, M; Webster, B; (2019) Access to Higher Education: Reflections on a Participatory Design Process with Refugees. Journal on Education in Emergencies , 5 (1) pp. 156-176. 10.33682/tm40-9q50. Green open access

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Abstract

Refugees face significant challenges in accessing higher education. It is clear that new and diverse solutions are needed that both understand and address the contextual barriers to higher education access for refugees. In keeping with new approaches in the wider humanitarian community, which recognize the role communities can play in creating new education solutions, our organization sought to employ participatory design methods in the development of a new program to support access to higher education for refugees in the Middle East (mainly in Jordan and Lebanon). This note provides insights into the implementation of the participatory process and details the impact the participatory approach had on the design of our programs. Finally, we highlight the need for gender-balanced recruitment strategies through our reflection on the impact of the design of the participatory process on those participating. Finally, we highlight the need for gender-balanced recruitment strategies and reflect on how the design of the participatory process benefited the participants and the initiating organization.

Type: Article
Title: Access to Higher Education: Reflections on a Participatory Design Process with Refugees
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.33682/tm40-9q50
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.33682/tm40-9q50
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019, Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies. The Journal on Education in Emergencies, published by the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088573
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