Spoilt for choice: factors influencing postgraduate students' decision making

Baguley, Margaret M. and Jasman, Anne and McIlveen, Peter and van Rensburg, Henriette and Ganguly, Rahul (2015) Spoilt for choice: factors influencing postgraduate students' decision making. In: Meanings and motivation in education research. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York , pp. 163-178. ISBN 978-1-138-81027-3 (hbk)

Abstract

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is an Australian regional university with physical campuses located in Toowoomba, Fraser Coast, Springfield and Ipswich within the state of Queensland. USQ has more than 75 per cent of students studying via distance or online and is responsive to this mode of delivery. The purpose of this study was to investigate the experience of postgraduate students in the Faculty of Education at USQ to gain insights that could inform current programs and enhance the quality of their experience. This chapter focuses on interviews with six participants who volunteered to be interviewed after completing an initial large scale survey related to this study.

Similarly to many other universities, USQ seeks to be as responsive as possible to student feedback, which it gathers from a range of sources. This feedback, in addition to internal and external expertise on teaching and learning, is important in enhancing the quality of the student learning journey for all students. Technological innovation, student diversity, academic expertise and resources (both human and financial) are important contributors to how courses are designed and presented. Therefore it is essential, particularly for postgraduates who are often studying online, that communication is prompt and personalized. Postgraduate students have previously studied at university and are often making a significant financial sacrifice to return, therefore it is essential to ensure their feedback informs future decision making at the university level.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to Publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 02:55
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 02:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduate student, quality, student journey, qualifications, support
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27330

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