Enabling connections and persistence in a distributed learning community

Morrison, George (2013) Enabling connections and persistence in a distributed learning community. In: 3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation, 27-29 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia.


Concerns about rates of retention and attrition in Higher Education, and the appropriateness of the linguistic terminology used to discuss the phenomenon, date back almost a century. For example, in the nineteen sixties in the United States a Harvard Educational review article reflected on forty years of research and the lack of evidence that attrition rates had risen since the nineteen twenties, disputing the 40-60 % estimates found in much of the contemporary research (Eckland, 1964). Eckland concluded that, in any case, 'most drop-outs came back' (p.405). Relative to the wealth of published research literature pertaining to undergraduate retention and attrition since the time of Professor Eckland, there has been relatively little publication of evidence based research on retention related specifically to enabling programs. This study seeks to address this imbalance even if in a very small way and continues previous work on the topic by Tas Bedford, (Bedford, 2009) whose research on student retention on the Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) was presented at previous Enabling conferences. Information presented here is from a wider study investigating the student experience of factors that influence completion of study on TPP, a distance education course leading to undergraduate entry offered by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Discussion will begin with a short description of methodology adopted and go on to discuss constraints to study. The strategies used by participants to manage constraints will also be outlined, along with discussion of the nature of the competencies that underpin resilience and persistence with study in an enabling program.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 NAEEA Inc. This publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 04:52
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 02:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: bridging course; motivation; success; attitude to; attrition rates; retention
Fields of Research (2008): 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
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): 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/26832

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