Fogarty, Gerard J. and White, Colin (2002) Person-environment fit in higher education: how good is the fit for indigenous students? In: McInerey, Dennis M. and Van Etten, Shawn, (eds.) Research on sociocultural influences on motivation and learning. Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States, pp. 129-149. ISBN 1-931576-32-7 (Pbk.), 1-931576-33-5 (Hbk.)
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[Abstract]: [The authors] open this chapter with a brief description of a young Australian Aboriginal student's first year at University. Her story is typical of the experiences of many Indigenous students attempting to come to grips with life away from home in a competitive higher education environment. [The authors] use her experiences as the basis for exploring a number of themes that they feel have an impact on the academic success of Indigenous students: a) lack of career knowledge among Indigenous students; b) the mismatch between what Indigenous students expect to find at University and what they actually do find; c) mismatches between the predominantly collectivist values held by Indigenous students and the more individualistic values that predominate in Western university settings; d) external pressures that make study difficult; and e) the lack of adequate preparation for the cognitive demands of University study. [The authors] conclude that the last of these themes has the greatest immediate impact on performance but that lack of preparation can be understood only in the context of a wider range of cultural variables.
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