Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university

Hossain, Delwar and Gorman, Don and Williams-Mozley, John and Garvey, Darlene (2008) Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 37. pp. 9-17. ISSN 1326-0111

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The negative trend of enrolment of Indigenous students into tertiary study indicated gaps between their current achievement and knowledge levels and university requirements for admission. This study was designed to determine the perceived needs, attitudes and knowledge of Indigenous secondary school students when considering admission to university; investigate remedial strategies in order to make university a more attractive choice for Indigenous students; and ascertain the types of assistance and support the Indigenous students would like to receive in order to meet the enrolment requirements as well as completion of study at university.
Focus groups were conducted with 50 Indigenous students in years 10 to 12 within the Toowoomba region and surveys conducted with 30 first year Indigenous undergraduate and Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) students at University of Southern Queensland.
The school students were not aware of the IHEPP and university programs. Scholarships and bursaries need to be developed and publicised. Tutorial assistance, learning support e.g., assignment preparation, multicultural activities, childcare facilities, group accommodation, needs to be promoted. The university needs to establish and maintain relationships with local Indigenous communities and staff working within the university have to understand the ‘cultural dimension’ impacting on Indigenous students and their families.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited with blanket permission of publisher. Published version permitted to be loaded after publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2008 23:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous students; university; admission; entry; aboriginal education; secondary students; tertiary students; tertiary education; universities
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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