Profiling the writing competency of BAME undergraduate students: fostering inclusion and academic success to improve retention in tertiary education

Meletiadou, Eleni (2022) Profiling the writing competency of BAME undergraduate students: fostering inclusion and academic success to improve retention in tertiary education. In: Handbook of research on practices for advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education. IGI Global, pp. 20-48. ISBN 9781799896289

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9628-9.ch002

Abstract / Description

Higher education students from a Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds tend to withdraw from their undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom (UK). It is therefore important to explore their writing challenges to increase student retention and reduce the ethnicity awarding gap. The current study examines and describes the written communication competency strengths and weaknesses of randomly selected BAME undergraduate ESL students at a higher education institution (HEI) in the UK. Acknowledging the centrality of the text in the rating process, the essays of 20 participants were analyzed to reveal more information about the syntactic complexity, richness of vocabulary, cohesion, and lexical density of these learners' essays and allow the researcher to reflect on ways in which their writing performance could be improved. Therefore, this chapter provides interesting suggestions to HEI and lecturers who are willing to put the effort into improving BAME undergraduate ESL learners' writing skills while preparing them for the world of work.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: equality; diversity; inclusion; higher education; BAME undergraduate students; Black, Asian and minority ethnic undergraduate students
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 16:30
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 16:30
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/9037

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