Going to university: Pacific Island migrant perspectives

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Cuthill, Michael and Scull, Sue. 2011. "Going to university: Pacific Island migrant perspectives ." Australian Universities' Review. 53 (1), pp. 5-13.
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Going to university: Pacific Island migrant perspectives

ERA Journal ID20369
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCuthill, Michael (Author) and Scull, Sue (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Universities' Review
Journal Citation53 (1), pp. 5-13
Number of Pages9
Year2011
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0818-8068
Web Address (URL)http://issuu.com/nteu/docs/aur_53-01
Abstract

Despite extensive and on-going efforts, people from a low socio-economic background continue to be significantly under-represented in Australian higher education. In response to this situation, a two year action research project explored the broad issue of higher education access for young people from low socio-economic backgrounds in South East Queensland, Australia. This paper focuses on one specific aspect of that project, and reports on the underlying factors which constrain access to higher education access for one cultural community in Australia. Analysis is based on interview data from young people and parents from this community, and presents a rich description of their lived experiences. Enhanced understanding of the perspectives of young people and their families relating to higher education access provides a solid foundation for developing informed and culturally appropriate higher education access initiatives.

KeywordsPacific Islanders; Australia; disadvantaged; university education; aspirations
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020451399. Pacific Peoples culture, language and history not elsewhere classified
451899. Pacific Peoples, society and community not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
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© 2011 NTEU. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.

Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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