Do potentially successful students in tertiary enabling programs have any common characteristics that underpin resilience and persistence? If so, how can this information help future enabling students?

Orth, Gary and Robinson, Clare (2013) Do potentially successful students in tertiary enabling programs have any common characteristics that underpin resilience and persistence? If so, how can this information help future enabling students? In: 3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation, 27-29 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

There is a high attrition rate for students studying enabling courses that do not have academic entrance requirements. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has an enabling tertiary preparation program (TPP) that has a large cohort of distance education students as well as a substantial on-campus cohort.
Previous research has been done to establish why large numbers of students do not complete the enabling TPP programs. Most research has been impeded by the poor response rate to questionnaires presented particularly to students who have discontinued their studies. Once students have made up their mind to discontinue their studies, they have diminished interest in responding to research that reviews their attitude, motivation and their reasons to drop out of the program.
This research will investigate if there are any common characteristics that exemplify a successful student. Students who were successful in completing TPP were sent questionnaires that examined their attitude and motivation throughout the course to find out what characteristics made them more resilient and persistent compared to their less successful colleagues. The response rate of the completing students was much greater than the response rate of previous
questionnaires that researched the attitudes and motivations of discontinuing students. It was anticipated that the findings of this research may be of interest to
the TPP teaching staff and when developed may assist in the better management and support of future enabling students.


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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 04:39
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 04:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: bridging course; motivation; success; attitude to; questionnaires
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26831

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