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

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 entry to USQ. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]


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[Executive Summary]: 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, aspirations 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 District and surveys conducted with 30 first year Indigenous undergraduate and Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) students at the University of Southern Queensland.
The findings indicate that 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, and group accommodation, need to be promoted. The university needs to further 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: Report (Project Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Kumbari/Ngurpai Lag Higher Education Centre
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2008 04:18
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 06:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigineous, attitudes, aspirations, schools, culture
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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