Social disadvantage and access to higher education: What potential students don’t know and how to address their needs

Atweh, Bill & Bland, Derek C. (2007) Social disadvantage and access to higher education: What potential students don’t know and how to address their needs. In Jeffery, Peter L. (Ed.) Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2007, November, 2007, Fremantle, WA, Australia.

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There is consistent evidence that access to higher education in Australia remains a function of the students’ background including, among other factors, their socioeconomic status, race and Indigeniety. With the demise of many programs that were established in the early 1990s to assist students from underrepresented social groups in higher education to participate in university studies, more research is needed about the barriers to higher education and how can they be avoided. In this paper we discuss learnings about different knowledge needs of high school students from underrepresented groups and suggest ways in which these needs might be met. The observations in this paper arise from our experience with the Student Action Research for University Access (SARUA) project, a collaborative project between high school students, their teachers and staff from the university working together to increase the participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education.

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ID Code: 13526
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: educational disadvantage, at risk students, students as researchers, HERN
ISSN: 1324-9320
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 08 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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