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Bauer, Ros – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2018
The Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative commenced in July 2014, led by the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor of Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University (CDU). WCE aimed to build the aspiration, expectation and capacity of six remote and very remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to participate and achieve in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Higher Education, Access to Education
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Bookallil, Cheryl; Harreveld, Bobby – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
High attrition rates from university-based enabling programs continue to be the subject of much research and administrative effort. Understanding the factors behind decisions to withdraw from such programs is difficult since those who do not successfully complete an enabling program may not readily agree to participate in research into their…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Adult Programs, College Programs, Access to Education
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Adonis, Digna; Couch, Jen – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
The title of this paper alludes to the hours of walking on mountain paths, which one of the authors, growing up in an Igorot Indigenous community in post-colonial Philippines undertook to go to school. This is an apt symbol of the sheer effort it can take to overcome physical, social, cultural and psychological barriers to access, persevere with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Access to Education
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Tobias, Robert – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
This paper reflects on the history of adult and community education (ACE) in Aotearoa New Zealand with special reference to older people's learning. The paper adopts a critical framework and draws on both primary and secondary sources. Key economic, political, social, demographic and cultural forces are discussed along with the huge growth in…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Foreign Countries, Community Education, Cultural Influences
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Johns, Susan; Crawford, Nicole; Hawkins, Cherie; Jarvis, Lynn; Harris, Mike; McCormack, David – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
Many rural communities have a pool of mature-aged local people seeking a career change or better lifestyle, which inevitably involves reskilling or upskilling. These people have strong local ties and are committed to their community. University enabling programs provide a bridge to higher education. This longitudinal study explores the impact on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Longitudinal Studies, Adult Students
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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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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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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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Gervasoni, Ann; Smith, Jeremy; Howard, Peter – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
This paper provides insight into the experience of Clemente humanities education for six regional and rural Australian women living around Ballarat. Each took part in an audio-taped semi-structured interview which explored the impact that university study had on their lives. Their responses suggest that Clemente Ballarat was life-giving. The…
Descriptors: Humanities, Womens Education, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries
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Stone, Cathy; O'Shea, Sarah – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
Two qualitative research projects examined the impact of university study on two cohorts of mature-age students at a regional university in Australia. All the students interviewed had entered university via non-traditional pathways and had faced significant hurdles in gaining university entrance and continuing with their studies. The influence of…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Foreign Countries, Family Work Relationship, Qualitative Research
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Chaston, Ian – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to examine the performance of second tier UK universities in relation to the effectiveness of their knowledge management systems and involvement in open innovation. Data were acquired using a mail survey of academic staff in social science and business faculties in second tier institutions. The results indicate that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Business Administration Education
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Benson, Robyn; Hewitt, Lesley; Heagney, Margaret; Devos, Anita; Crosling, Glenda – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
This paper is based on findings from the first phase of a longitudinal project examining how a group of students from diverse backgrounds succeed in higher education. The concept of perspective transformation is used to explore students' stories about factors that influenced them on their journey to university, including socio-economic background,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Transformative Learning, College Students, Story Telling
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Penman, Joy; Ellis, Bronwyn – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2009
Whatever the course, mode of delivery or type of institution, most characteristics of good teaching remain the same. The teacher's ability to convey personal enthusiasm for learning is crucial in arousing and sustaining students' interest and curiosity in their discipline and beyond. This love of learning can be liberating and empowering as the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Learner Engagement
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Silburn, Jenny; Box, Geraldine – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
Current social and economic circumstances are presenting universities with a more diverse general student intake whose support needs are increasingly similar to those of traditionally defined equity groups. This paper examines a Murdoch University equity program to demonstrate that simply increasing access does not always translate into increased…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Student Diversity, Student Needs, Equal Education
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