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Life Raft Australia?

Livock, Cheryl A. (2010) Life Raft Australia? In Programme - Posters and Video Presentation, 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development : The Agenda, Hong Kong.

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Abstract

In the helter skelter of people legally and illegally seeking refuge in Australia, often overlooked are the realities of how to obtain that hoped for better life. One of the avenues chosen to achieve their dream is higher education; however, once enrolled in higher education many such students [termed Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)] find they are ill equipped to achieve academic success; they become overwhelmed by the pressures of study/family/work; and ultimately lose heart and their place at university. Life raft Australia has just become another disillusioning vehicle to a depressing future. This paper discusses how universities across Australia are now putting processes in place that will enable CALD students to confront and overcome academic and social barriers, and thus realise their dream of a better life. Exemplars from the University of Tasmania provide practical models of how higher education institutions, not only in Australia but globally can assist immigrant students to self actualize; to be empowered to become integral and successful members of the Australian community.

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ID Code: 48736
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: A Poster accompanied this paper but is not available for download from the online Programme page. The poster was presented on 11th June, 2010 with accompanying paper available for conference participants.
Keywords: humanitarian immigrants, higher education, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), life chances, empowerment, academic success, tertiary writing and study skills, English language proficiency
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the author(s)
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2012 08:21
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 14:09

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