Background knowledge and epistemological access: Challenges facing black women in a SET scholarship programme

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dc.contributor.author Liccardo, Sabrina
dc.contributor.author Botsis, Hannah
dc.contributor.author Dominguez-Whitehead, Yasmine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-23T09:47:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-23T09:47:20Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Liccardo, S., Botsis, H., & Dominguez-Whitehead, Y. (2015). Background knowledge and epistemological access: Challenges facing black women in a SET scholarship programme. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1), 373-389. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1011-3487
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/20543
dc.description.abstract In promoting access to higher education in an unequal society there is a concern that universities may operate in a manner that values background knowledge associated with those who have access to a privileged class location. The authors focus on background knowledge, its contribution to epistemological access to higher education and how such background knowledge is likely to affect black women’s academic success. They analyse interviews with 19 black women from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are recipients of a Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) scholarship, utilising Ryle’s (1945) distinction between knowledge-how and knowledge-that, to understand their challenges in gaining epistemological access to university. Despite the scholarship programme’s comprehensive support, the findings suggest that students who enter with background knowledge acquired at well-resourced high schools are academically advantaged. The authors argue that SET scholarship programmes which recruit low-income students are necessary, but insufficient interventions for enabling epistemological access. Further responsiveness is required on the part of the university. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Unisa en_ZA
dc.subject Background knowledge – Tertiary education en_ZA
dc.subject Epistemological access – South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Women in science – South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Background knowledge and epistemological access: Challenges facing black women in a SET scholarship programme en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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