Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university

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Hossain, Delwar, Gorman, Don, Williams-Mozley, John and Garvey, Darlene. 2008. "Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university." The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. 37, pp. 9-17.
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Bridging the gap: identifying needs and aspirations of indigenous students to facilitate their entry to university

ERA Journal ID11099
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHossain, Delwar (Author), Gorman, Don (Author), Williams-Mozley, John (Author) and Garvey, Darlene (Author)
Journal TitleThe Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Journal Citation37, pp. 9-17
Number of Pages9
Year2008
PublisherUniversity of Queensland
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1326-0111
2049-7784
Web Address (URL)http://www.atsis.uq.edu.au/ajie/
Abstract

The negative trend of enrolment of Indigenous students into tertiary study indicated gaps between their current achievement and knowledge levels and university requirements for admission. This study was designed to determine the perceived needs, attitudes and knowledge of Indigenous secondary school students when considering admission to university; investigate remedial strategies in order to make university a more attractive choice for Indigenous students; and ascertain the types of assistance and support the Indigenous students would like to receive in order to meet the enrolment requirements as well as completion of study at university.
Focus groups were conducted with 50 Indigenous students in years 10 to 12 within the Toowoomba region and surveys conducted with 30 first year Indigenous undergraduate and Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) students at University of Southern Queensland.
The school students were not aware of the IHEPP and university programs. Scholarships and bursaries need to be developed and publicised. Tutorial assistance, learning support e.g., assignment preparation, multicultural activities, childcare facilities, group accommodation, needs to be promoted. The university needs to establish and maintain relationships with local Indigenous communities and staff working within the university have to understand the ‘cultural dimension’ impacting on Indigenous students and their families.

Keywordsindigenous students; university; admission; entry; aboriginal education; secondary students; tertiary students; tertiary education; universities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390303. Higher education
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Rural and Remote Area Health
Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
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