Beyond our control?: Pre-tertiary bridging program students' perceptions of factors that affect their progress with study

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Bedford, Tasman. 2009. "Beyond our control?: Pre-tertiary bridging program students' perceptions of factors that affect their progress with study." Bedford, Tas, Huijser, Henk and Muller, Sarah (ed.) Enabling Pathways: 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators. Toowoomba, Australia 25 - 27 Nov 2009 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Beyond our control?: Pre-tertiary bridging program students' perceptions of factors that affect their progress with study

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AuthorBedford, Tasman
EditorsBedford, Tas, Huijser, Henk and Muller, Sarah
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 3rd National Conference fofrEnabling Educators: Enabling Pathways
Number of Pages9
Year2009
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
ISBN9781921420092
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.usq.edu.au/oac/projects/eec
Conference/EventEnabling Pathways: 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators
Event Details
Enabling Pathways: 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators
Event Date
25 to end of 27 Nov 2009
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

The general purpose of the research study reported here was to gather students’ perceptions of factors which influenced their progress with Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) studies at the University of Southern Queensland. A considerable body of research has been published on factors that affect the progression of undergraduate students. No similar studies with pre-tertiary bridging program students have been found in the literature. The main methodology employed in the study was analysis of data gathered by the use of a self-report questionnaire. Construction of the questionnaire was based on the outcomes of a study, undertaken by the author and a colleague in 2004-5, of factors which influence undergraduate student progression. The questionnaire was delivered to all students enrolled in the core course TPP7120 in a sample of semesters in a sample of years from 2006 to 2009. The results of the study reported here indicate that factors perceived by students to have most strongly influenced them to discontinue their studies were those relating to personal circumstances that were beyond the control of the course teaching team or the University. Factors which were perceived by students to have most strongly influenced them to continue included factors related to personal volition, social/family support, institutional support, and the quality of the teaching-learning experience. Based on the results of the study, suggestions are made as to how retention rates in pre-tertiary bridging programs could be increased

Keywordsenabling education; bridging education; student progress
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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