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Morante, Annette; Djenidi, Valerie; Clark, Helene; West, Susan – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
With enrolment and completion rates in the University of Newcastle's online Open Foundation enabling program being considerably higher for women than for men, this case study investigates the engagement of male and female students in two different subject areas. History and Mathematics students' online behaviour is examined to identify whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Gender Differences, Student Participation
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Bookallil, Cheryl; Rolfe, John – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Enrolment in university enabling programs has expanded dramatically in the last decade as universities strive to increase enrolments, particularly of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Offering enabling study by distance education has been part of this expansion with the benefit of providing access to a wider enrolment base. The purpose…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Enrollment, Distance Education, Comparative Analysis
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Chesters, Jenny; Watson, Louise – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
The expansion of the higher education sector in Australia opened up new pathways into university increasing the diversity of the student population. For non-traditional students, those who did not successfully complete secondary school, barriers to gaining entry into university have been dismantled, however, previous research suggests that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement, Student Attrition
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Benson, Robyn; Heagney, Margaret; Hewitt, Lesley; Crosling, Glenda; Devos, Anita – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper reports on a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeeded in higher education. The project explored participants' pathways into higher education, how they managed their studies, and their reflections at course completion. In this paper, the concept of perspective transformation is used to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Success, Transformative Learning, Longitudinal Studies
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Garces-Ozanne, Arlene; Sullivan, Trudy – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
A total of 196 first year Principles of Economics I students participated in a study examining how students' expectations about their course and grades are related to the grades they actually receive. We empirically test whether there is a significant difference between the students' grade expectations and the actual grades they receive, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Economics Education
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Andrewartha, Lisa; Harvey, Andrew – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper examines the achievement levels of students undertaking the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) at La Trobe University. The TEP is an alternative pathway program that traverses multiple institutions, campuses, and disciplinary areas, and is designed to prepare a diverse student cohort for tertiary study. The Program integrates several…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Gains, Postsecondary Education, Regional Schools
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Whannell, Robert – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
This study examines the attrition and achievement of a sample of 295 students in an on-campus tertiary bridging program at a regional university. A logistic regression analysis using enrolment status, age and the number of absences from scheduled classes at week three of the semester as predictor variables correctly predicted 92.8 percent of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Colleges, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education
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Whannell, Patricia; Whannell, Robert; Allen, Bill – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
This article describes the findings of an action research project which examined the link between academic self-efficacy and the study behaviours of students in a tertiary bridging program at a regional university in Australia. It describes the gap which exists between students' instruction in, and knowledge of, being a self-directed learner and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Independent Study
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Giles, David; Alderson, Sharon – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
Educational discourse has often struggled to genuinely move beyond deficit-based language. Even action research, a predominant model for teacher development, starts with the identification of a problem (Cardno 2003). It would appear that the vocabulary for a hope-filled discourse which captures the imagination and influences our future educational…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Action Research, Transformative Learning, Adult Students