Combining social media and career development learning: an intensive tertiary preparation programme for disadvantaged youth

Ryan, Naomi J. and Hopkins, Susan (2013) Combining social media and career development learning: an intensive tertiary preparation programme for disadvantaged youth. Australian Journal of Career Development, 22 (3). pp. 107-111. ISSN 1038-4162

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The tertiary preparation programme intensive school (TPPIS) for Year 12 school leavers offered young people from low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds an alternative pathway to university, a second chance at tertiary entrance and ultimately for some, a fast track to a better future. The intensive programme not only focuses on teaching academic communication, mathematics and study management skills but also the importance of career development whilst aiming to raise the aspirations of disadvantaged students. By incorporating social media into the teaching toolkit, there were increased opportunities for non-traditional students (from LSES backgrounds who finished high school without a tertiary admissions rank or overall position) to transition to university culture and to expand their social networks. These strong social support networks are an important factor determining career development and study success, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme has succeeded in realising the potential of this student group with more than 80% of participants moving on to tertiary study.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 07:49
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 05:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: career development; social media; social capital; raising aspirations; widening participation; low socio-economic status; careers counselling
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1038416213505274

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