Educational implications of the values held by Australian Aboriginal students

White, Colin and Fogarty, Gerard J. (2001) Educational implications of the values held by Australian Aboriginal students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 2 (3). pp. 253-270.


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[Abstract]: Fogarty and White (1994) found that Australian Aboriginal university students tend to
be more collectively minded than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Using the Values Survey
developed by Schwartz (1992), the present study set out to replicate this finding and to
determine whether observed value differences can help to explain the low achievement levels
of Aboriginal students in a university setting. The differences noted by Fogarty and White
(1994) were replicated in the present study where data gathered from a sample of Aboriginal
students (N = 202) over a six year period indicated that they score more highly on the
collectivist scales of Conformity, Tradition, and Security than a non-Aboriginal student
cohort (N = 194). Across the combined samples, however, scores on values were not strong
predictors of academic success, with only Tradition (r = -.28, p < .01) and Conformity (r = -.28, p < .01) showing appreciable relations with a measure of academic performance. When
Race was partialled out of these correlations, Achievement)(r = -.16, p < .01) and Conformity
(r = -.15, p < .01) were the only variables to demonstrate any relationship with performance.
These findings suggest that there are factors other than value systems that have a much
greater impact on the problems experienced by Australian Aborigines in higher educational

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Additional Information (displayed to public): This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 2 (3), 2001 by Baywood Publishing. Journal of College Student Retention is available online at:
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, university, indigenous students, Australian Aboriginals, Australian Aboriginal students, Aboriginal students, educational implications, values, Values Survey
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies

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