Person-environment fit in higher education: how good is the fit for indigenous students?

Fogarty, Gerard J. and White, Colin (2002) Person-environment fit in higher education: how good is the fit for indigenous students? In: Research on sociocultural influences on motivation and learning. Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States, pp. 129-149. ISBN 1-931576-32-7 (Pbk.), 1-931576-33-5 (Hbk.)


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[Abstract]: [The authors] open this chapter with a brief description of a young Australian Aboriginal
student's first year at University. Her story is typical of the experiences of many Indigenous
students attempting to come to grips with life away from home in a competitive higher
education environment. [The authors] use her experiences as the basis for exploring a number of
themes that they feel have an impact on the academic success of Indigenous students: a) lack
of career knowledge among Indigenous students; b) the mismatch between what Indigenous
students expect to find at University and what they actually do find; c) mismatches between
the predominantly collectivist values held by Indigenous students and the more
individualistic values that predominate in Western university settings; d) external pressures
that make study difficult; and e) the lack of adequate preparation for the cognitive demands
of University study. [The authors] conclude that the last of these themes has the greatest immediate
impact on performance but that lack of preparation can be understood only in the context of a
wider range of cultural variables.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:32
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 03:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: person-environment fit, higher education, university, indigenous students, Australian Aboriginals, Australian Aboriginal students, Aborigianl students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies

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