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Student needs and support: The beginnings of an alternative view

Campion, M. (2001) Student needs and support: The beginnings of an alternative view. In: 9th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, 7 - 10 October 2001, Cambridge, England


In the first section of this paper I outline Bradshaw's typology of needs with a view to problematising the seemingly straightforward notion "needs" and by implication problematising its consequences for student "support".

In the second section I seek to illustrate how the conventional notion of student needs and student support draws attention away from rather than towards their and our 'real' needs.

In the third section I outline the implications of this account for universities in such a way as to provide a reminder of a very different way of contextualising and subsequently conceptualising supporting students in Open and Distance Learning.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Inquiry
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