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Goslin, Anneliese; van der Klashorst, Engela; Kluka, Darlene A.; van Wyk, Johannes G. U. – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Community-university partnerships through service-learning have progressively developed as part of institutions of higher education's mission statements. This paper explores the qualitative reflections of 410 undergraduate students enrolled in an academic recreation science course on a first time service-learning experience in South Africa. The…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Student Attitudes, Self Management, Constructivism (Learning)
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Popow, Monika – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
This paper addresses the meanings given to learning by Polish migrant bloggers. It presents the result of an analysis of ten blogs, written by Poles living abroad. The blogs under analysis were chosen on the basis of random sample. The analysed material was categorised by recurring themes, which included: learning in Poland, language acquisition,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites
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Alt, Dorit – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
This study was aimed at assessing the relationships between college students' pre-entry factors, self-efficacy and motivation for learning, and the perceived constructivist learning in traditional lecture-based courses and seminars (SM). The study included 411 undergraduate third-year college students. Several scales were administered to the…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods, Seminars, Correlation
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Kim, Jung Yin – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
This study examines, from a sociocultural perspective, the factors that explain why a group of seven Korean students attending an undergraduate business program in a US university are initially labelled as silent participants when first engaging in group work, and how these factors impacted the students' overall adjustment process. Data came from…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Observation
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Motseke, Masilonyana – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
The aim of the study was to investigate the reasons why adult learners took longer than required to complete their Master's and Doctoral degrees. A questionnaire and focus group interviews were used to collect data. Twenty adult learners who registered for the Master's and Doctoral degrees at one township campus of a university were targeted, and…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, Masters Programs, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students
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Mellon, Karsten – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
In Denmark various non-traditional students are mature-age students who already have some kind of a vocational background. When applying to do a professional degree, most of them fall outside the traditional admission requirements, which is why individual assessment of applicants is necessary for bachelor programmes. This article examines the case…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Students, College Students, Adult Learning
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Stone, Cathy; O'Shea, Sarah; May, Josephine; Delahunty, Janine; Partington, Zoë – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Online learning has an important place in widening access and participation in higher education for diverse student cohorts. One cohort taking up online study in increasing numbers is that of mature-age, first-in-family students. First-in-family is defined as those who are the first in their immediate family, including parents, siblings, partners…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Electronic Learning, Open Universities, Adult Students
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Kong, Eric; Harmsworth, Sarah; Rajaeian, Mohammad Mehdi; Parkes, Geoffrey; Bishop, Sue; AlMansouri, Bassim; Lawrence, Jill – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) is used broadly and inclusively to describe communities with diverse language, ethnic background, nationality, dress, traditions, food, societal structures, art and religion characteristics. Domestic CALD people are either refugees or voluntary migrants and have obtained permanent residency or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Refugees, Student Adjustment
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Lisciandro, Joanne G.; Gibbs, Gael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
University-based enabling programs have become an important pathway to university for non-traditional students. There is increasing interest in understanding the mechanisms that facilitate retention and success of enabling pathway students, with the aim of developing effective strategies for maximising opportunities for university access and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Students, Transitional Programs, College Programs
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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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James, Trixie – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Australia wide, universities are offering tertiary education to the broader socio-economic cohort; however, alongside this educational reform, there is a concern that students who have been away from the formal education context for many years may not cope with the rigors of university. Consequently, prior to and conditional to admission to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transitional Programs, College Freshmen, Student Experience
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Christie, Michael; Carey, Michael; Robertson, Ann; Grainger, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper elaborates on a number of key criticisms of Mezirow's transformative learning theory as well as providing arguments that validate it. Our paper exemplifies how Mezirow's theory can help adult educators and prospective school teachers understand that social structures and belief systems can influence student learning, that learners make…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Females, Doctoral Degrees
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Bone, Jane; Edwards, Susan – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
A PAL (Peer-Assisted Learning) project supported research that focused on e-learning and Web 2.0 technologies as part of a pedagogical approach in the context of a tertiary institution. This project responded to a call for a rejuvenation of conventional approaches to pedagogy while teaching an early childhood unit in a large Australian university.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Electronic Learning, Peer Teaching
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McDougall, Jenny – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
The objective of achieving a sense of "authenticity" in an educational context is one that might have immediate appeal, though how this is defined, let alone achieved, remains contested. The concept of "authentic discussion" has traditionally been used in the context of classroom English teaching in schools, but this paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Adult Learning
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Hickling-Hudson, Anne; Hepple, Erika – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper describes a public pedagogy project embedded into The Global Teacher, a subject within the Bachelor of Education program for student teachers at an Australian university. The subject provides a global perspective on socio-political issues that shape education. In 2013, The Global Teacher introduced an approach that asked student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Libraries, Exhibits, Preservice Teachers
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