Expectations of Ability and Disability at University: The Fine Art of Managing Lives, Perceptions, and Curricula

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Hammer, Sara, Werth, Shalene, Dunn, Peter, Lawson, Kym and d'Abadie, Danielle. 2011. "Expectations of Ability and Disability at University: The Fine Art of Managing Lives, Perceptions, and Curricula." Midgley, Warren, Tyler, Mark A., Danaher, Patrick Alan and Mander, Alison (ed.) Beyond Binaries in Education Research. New York, NY. United States. Routledge. pp. 211-220
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Expectations of Ability and Disability at University: The Fine Art of Managing Lives, Perceptions, and Curricula

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ERA Publisher ID3137
3415
Book TitleBeyond Binaries in Education Research
AuthorsHammer, Sara (Author), Werth, Shalene (Author), Dunn, Peter (Author), Lawson, Kym (Author) and d'Abadie, Danielle (Author)
EditorsMidgley, Warren, Tyler, Mark A., Danaher, Patrick Alan and Mander, Alison
Page Range211-220
SeriesRoutledge Research in Education
Chapter Number15
Number of Pages10
Year2011
PublisherRoutledge
Taylor & Francis
Place of PublicationNew York, NY. United States
ISBN9780415885126
9780203816608
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9780203816608-29/expectations-ability-disability-university-fine-art-managing-lives-perceptions-curricula-sara-hammer-shalene-werth-peter-dunn-kym-lawson-danielle-abadie-sara-hammer-shalene-werth-peter-dunn-kym-lawson
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The impact of a disability or chronic illness plays a major role in decision making regarding many life choices including education options. Studying with chronic illness or disability is about making choices and decisions. It is also about negotiating the reactions of others to what is a rather personal condition. Research has shown that outward manifestations of chronic ness or disability are often viewed differently by others from how they are experienced by those who experience it. The experiences of a disability or chronic illness at university are influenced by the perceptions of others such as friends' support, academic, and administrative staff members. This in turn complicates the binary, examined in this chapter, of the appearances
and expectations of ability or disability.

This chapter discusses the findings of the first year of a three-year study currently underway at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. It focuses on the learning journeys of students with chronic illness or disability and the impact of the appearances and expectations of ability and disability on these students. Thirty-three students have been surveyed and interviewed to assess these research questions. The preliminary findings have uncovered two major themes that resonate with students' positioning in relation to the ability/disability binary. Firstly, students in the study regularly transcend the ability/disability binary by actively managing their needs as part of their individual learning journeys. Despite their activism, student responses highlight the inherent difficulty of managing simultaneously their studies, the perceptions of others, and a sometimes unpredictable condition. Unexpected calls for assistance against a background of unproblematic achievement can lead to academic and support staff questions about the veracity and validity of their needs. The second theme relates to academic standards. From responses, it is dear that students in this study operated within the confines of the ability/disability binary where their perceptions of meeting academic standards were concerned.

The chapter concludes by briefly examining two possible strategies to support students in transcending the ability/disability binary. The first is to offer students greater choice in terms of both pathways through curricula and the curricula themselves. The second related strategy is to provide academic staff with greater support to design curriculum and assessment alternatives that provide students with greater choice without undermining desired learning objectives and standards.

Keywordschronic illness; disability; education; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390411. Special education and disability
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University of the Sunshine Coast
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Brodie, Ian M. and Dunn, Peter K.. 2010. "Commonality of rainfall variables influencing suspended solids concentrations in storm runoff from three different urban impervious surfaces." Journal of Hydrology. 387 (3-4), pp. 202-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.04.008
Mature aged job seekers' experiences of Centrelink and Job Network Services in an Australian regional centre
Kossen, Chris and Hammer, Sara. 2010. "Mature aged job seekers' experiences of Centrelink and Job Network Services in an Australian regional centre." Australian Journal of Career Development. 19 (1), pp. 45-53.
Tertiary students with a disability or chronic illness: stigma and study
Hammer, Sara, Werth, Shalene and Dunn, Peter. 2009. "Tertiary students with a disability or chronic illness: stigma and study." Bedford, Tas, Huijser, Henk and Muller, Sarah (ed.) Enabling Pathways: 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators. Toowoomba, Australia 25 - 27 Nov 2009 Toowoomba, Australia.
Suspended particle characteristics in storm runoff from urban impervious surfaces in Toowoomba, Australia
Brodie, Ian M. and Dunn, Peter K.. 2009. "Suspended particle characteristics in storm runoff from urban impervious surfaces in Toowoomba, Australia." Urban Water Journal. 6 (2), pp. 137-146. https://doi.org/10.1080/15730620802541607
Catching them is one thing, keeping them is something else: reflections on teaching first year university students
Werth, Shalene, Southey, Kim and Lynch, Bernadette. 2009. "Catching them is one thing, keeping them is something else: reflections on teaching first year university students." Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development. 6 (1), pp. 30-37.
Facing up to the challenge: why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes?
Green, Wendy, Hammer, Sara and Star, Cassandra. 2009. "Facing up to the challenge: why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes?" Higher Education Research and Development. 28 (1), pp. 17-29. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360802444339
The impact of disabilities and long-term medical conditions on the student learning experience at USQ
Lawson, Kym, Werth, Shalene, Dunn, Peter and d'Abadie, Danielle. 2008. "The impact of disabilities and long-term medical conditions on the student learning experience at USQ." Pathways 9. Melbourne, Australia 02 - 05 Dec 2008 Melbourne, Australia.
WorkChoices: hardly a new agenda
Werth, Shalene. 2008. "WorkChoices: hardly a new agenda." Stanton, Pauline and Young, Suzanne (ed.) 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand: Workers, Corporations and Community: Facing Choices for a Sustainable Future. Melbourne, Australia 06 - 08 Feb 2008 Melbourne, Australia.
Putting chronically-ill university students into the research limelight
Werth, Shalene. 2008. "Putting chronically-ill university students into the research limelight." Henderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed. pp. 67-75
Improving staff practice in criterion-referenced assessment: implementing change in University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Business
Hammer, Sara and Millett, Bruce. 2007. "Improving staff practice in criterion-referenced assessment: implementing change in University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Business." AAIR 2007: Change, Evidence And Implementation: Improving Higher Education in Uncertain Times. Sydney, Australia 19 - 21 Nov 2007 Sydney, Australia.
Evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities by Fourier inversion
Dunn, Peter K. and Smyth, Gordon K.. 2008. "Evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities by Fourier inversion." Statistics and Computing. 18 (1), pp. 73-86. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11222-007-9039-6
Building-in quality rather than assessing quality afterwards: a technological solution to ensuring computational accuracy in learning materials
Dunn, Peter K.. 2008. "Building-in quality rather than assessing quality afterwards: a technological solution to ensuring computational accuracy in learning materials." Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 27 (1), pp. 47-63.
Future scenarios for endangered species habitat in an intensifying agricultural landscape
Apan, Armando, Maron, Martine and Dunn, Peter. 2007. "Future scenarios for endangered species habitat in an intensifying agricultural landscape." ESA 2007: Adapting to Change. Perth, Australia 25 - 30 Nov 2007 Perth, Australia. Ecological Society of Australia.
Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal?
Star, Cassandra and Hammer, Sara. 2008. "Teaching generic skills: eroding the higher purpose of universities, or an opportunity for renewal? " Oxford Review of Education. 34 (2), pp. 237-251. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054980701672232
Analysis of the rainfall data in Queensland using the Tweedie GLM
Ohnishi, Toshio and Dunn, Peter K.. 2007. "Analysis of the rainfall data in Queensland using the Tweedie GLM ." 2007 Japanese Joint Statistical Meeting. Kobe, Japan 06 - 09 Sep 2007 Japan.
Students with low entry scores succeed at university
Lynch, Bernadette and Werth, Shalene. 2007. "Students with low entry scores succeed at university." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 3 (3), pp. 14-22.
Locating learning advisers in the new university: What should be our role?
Green, Wendy, Hammer, Sara and Stephens, Robyn. 2005. "Locating learning advisers in the new university: What should be our role?" Milnes, S., Craswell, G., Rao, V. and Bartlett, A. (ed.) LAS2005 Critiquing and Reflecting. Canberra, Australia 24 - 25 Nov 2005 Canberra, Australia.
From full employment to the the new service economy
Hammer, Sara. 2004. "From full employment to the the new service economy ." Van Acker, Elizabeth and Curran, Giorel (ed.) Governing business and globalisation, 2nd ed.. Frenchs Forest, NSW. Pearson Education Australia. pp. 161-174
Cloud observations for the statistical evaluation of the UV index at Toowoomba, Australia
Parisi, A. V., Sabburg, J., Turner, J. and Dunn, P. K.. 2008. "Cloud observations for the statistical evaluation of the UV index at Toowoomba, Australia." International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change. 52 (3), pp. 159-166. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-007-0106-7
What happens with all that maths? (Part 2)
Dunn, Peter K.. 2004. "What happens with all that maths? (Part 2)." Teaching Mathematics. 29 (1), pp. 18-24.
What happens with all that maths?
Dunn, Peter K.. 2003. "What happens with all that maths?" Teaching Mathematics. 28 (4), pp. 29-34.
Continent-scale pattern in temporal dynamics of avian assemblages
Apan, Armando, Maron, Martine and Dunn, Peter K.. 2007. "Continent-scale pattern in temporal dynamics of avian assemblages." Bunce, R., Jongman, Rob, Hojas, L. and Weel, S. (ed.) IALE 2007: 25 Years Landscape Ecology: Scientific Principles in Practice. Wageningen, Netherlands 08 - 12 Jul 2007 Wageningen, Netherlands.
Mark Latham's third way: income support, civic renewal and collectivism
Hammer, Sara. 2004. "Mark Latham's third way: income support, civic renewal and collectivism." Australian Journal of Social Issues. 39 (2), pp. 143-153.
Work for welfare and civic equality
Hammer, Sara. 2004. "Work for welfare and civic equality." Carlson, Ellen (ed.) 6th Path to Full Employment Conference/11th National Unemployment Conference. Newcastle, Australia Newcastle, Australia.
Demonstrating quality outcomes in learning and teaching: examining 'best practice' in the use of criterion-referenced assessment
Hammer, Sara. 2007. "Demonstrating quality outcomes in learning and teaching: examining 'best practice' in the use of criterion-referenced assessment." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 3 (1), pp. 50-58.
A feminine approach to teaching a large, first year university course: and everyone lived happily ever after!
Southey, Kim, Lynch, Bernadette, Werth, Shalene and Hammer, Sara. 2007. "A feminine approach to teaching a large, first year university course: and everyone lived happily ever after!" Albion, Majella J. and Collins, Pauline (ed.) 2007 International Women's Conference: Education, Employment and Everything... theTriple Layers of a Woman's Life. Toowoomba, Australia 26 - 29 Sep 2007 Toowoomba, Australia.
Healing the divisions: unemployment and overwork in Australia
Hammer, Sara. 2003. "Healing the divisions: unemployment and overwork in Australia." Carlson, E. (ed.) 5th Path to Full Employment Conference and 10th National Conference on Unemployment (CofFee 2003): The Full Employment Imperative. Newcastle, Australia 10 - 12 Dec 2003 Newcastle, Australia.
Mutual obligation: why reciprocity is an inadequate principle for unemployment programmes
Hammer, Sara. 2003. "Mutual obligation: why reciprocity is an inadequate principle for unemployment programmes." Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics. 5 (1), pp. 14-24.
Estimating crop area using seasonal time series of Enhanced Vegetation Index from MODIS satellite imagery
Potgieter, Andries B., Apan, Armando, Dunn, Peter K. and Hammer, Graeme L.. 2007. "Estimating crop area using seasonal time series of Enhanced Vegetation Index from MODIS satellite imagery." Crop and Pasture Science. 58 (4), pp. 316-325. https://doi.org/10.1071/AR06279
Higher education for community and citizenship?
Hammer, Sara and Star, Cassandra. 2004. "Higher education for community and citizenship?" Flowers, Rick (ed.) Education and Social Action Conference 2004. Sydney, Australia 06 - 08 Dec 2004 Sydney.
Bootstrap confidence intervals for predicted rainfall quantiles
Dunn, Peter K.. 2001. "Bootstrap confidence intervals for predicted rainfall quantiles." International Journal of Climatology. 21 (1), pp. 89-94. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.596
Calculus demonstrations using Matlab
Dunn, Peter K. and Harman, Chris. 2002. "Calculus demonstrations using Matlab." International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. 33 (4), pp. 584-596. https://doi.org/10.1080/002073902320300856
Understanding statistics using computer demonstrations
Dunn, Peter K.. 2003. "Understanding statistics using computer demonstrations." Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 22 (3), pp. 261-281.
Occurrence and quantity of precipitation can be modelled simultaneously
Dunn, Peter K.. 2004. "Occurrence and quantity of precipitation can be modelled simultaneously ." International Journal of Climatology. 24 (10), pp. 1231-1239. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.1063
Statistical evaluation of data from tractor guidance systems
Dunn, Peter K., Powierski, Andrew P. and Hill, Rodger. 2006. "Statistical evaluation of data from tractor guidance systems." Precision Agriculture. 7 (3), pp. 179-192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11119-006-9007-8
Series evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities
Dunn, Peter K. and Smyth, Gordon K.. 2005. "Series evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities." Statistics and Computing. 15 (4), pp. 267-280. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11222-005-4070-y
Identifying at-risk students: is it possible in a tertiary preparation course for adults?
Carmichael, Colin S., Dunn, Peter K. and Taylor, Janet A.. 2006. "Identifying at-risk students: is it possible in a tertiary preparation course for adults?" Grootenboer, Peter, Zevenbergen, Robyn and Chinnappan, Mohan (ed.) 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA29). Canberra, Australia 01 - 05 Jul 2006 Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia.
Power-variance models for modelling rainfall
Dunn, Peter K. and White, Neil. 2005. "Power-variance models for modelling rainfall." Francis, A. R., Matawie, K. M., Oshlack, A. and Smyth, Gordon K. (ed.) 20th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling. Sydney, Australia 10 - 15 Jul 2005
Spying on the winter wheat crop - generating objective planted area and crop production estimates using MODIS imagery
Potgieter, Andries B., Apan, Armando, Hammer, Graeme L. and Dunn, Peter K.. 2005. "Spying on the winter wheat crop - generating objective planted area and crop production estimates using MODIS imagery." Bellman, Chris, Cartwright, William and Shortis, Mark (ed.) 2005 Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial Conference: Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis (SSC2005). Melbourne, Australia 12 - 16 Sep 2005
We can still learn about probability by rolling dice and tossing coins
Dunn, Peter K.. 2005. "We can still learn about probability by rolling dice and tossing coins." Teaching Statistics. 27 (2), pp. 37-41. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9639.2005.00205.x