Computer says no? Limitations of tech-focused transitions to higher education for Australian LSES students

Hopkins, Susan (2021) Computer says no? Limitations of tech-focused transitions to higher education for Australian LSES students. Teaching in Higher Education. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1356-2517


Abstract

This article explores the limitations of technology-focused teaching and online learning in ‘widening participation’ tertiary preparation programs, from the perspective of non-traditional university students, and in their own words. Specifically, the article draws on data derived from the Life Literacies academic preparation and action research project which was designed to enhance the capacity of students from low socioeconomic (LSES) backgrounds to successfully undertake undergraduate study at a regional Australian university. Reflecting on this data, as an action researcher and critically reflective practitioner, I argue for a more human-centred and holistic approach to teaching LSES students in widening participation programs. This approach does not overestimate the potential of computer-mediated learning, but provides embedded digital literacy support through positive, supportive social relationships. What enabling educators need, is not ever more complex communications technologies, but the time, through-care and people skills to be authentically and consistently available and present for their non-traditional students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 22:51
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 23:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enabling education; higher education; widening participation; digital literacy
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2021.1931837
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42028

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