Do potentially successful students in tertiary enabling programs have any common characteristics that underpin resilience and persistence? If so, how can this information help future enabling students?

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Orth, Gary and Robinson, Clare. 2013. "Do potentially successful students in tertiary enabling programs have any common characteristics that underpin resilience and persistence? If so, how can this information help future enabling students?" 3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation. Melbourne, Australia 27 - 29 Nov 2013 Toowoomba, Australia.
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Do potentially successful students in tertiary enabling programs have any common characteristics that underpin resilience and persistence? If so, how can this information help future enabling students?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsOrth, Gary (Author) and Robinson, Clare (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference
ERA Conference ID79818
60662
Number of Pages12
Year2013
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://enablingeducators.org/conference/2013.html
Conference/Event3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation
National Conference of Enabling Educators
Event Details
3rd National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (NAEEA 2013): Flexibility: Pathways to Participation
National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference - Flexibility: Pathways to participation
Parent
National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia: Enabling Education
Event Date
27 to end of 29 Nov 2013
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Event Details
National Conference of Enabling Educators
Abstract

There is a high attrition rate for students studying enabling courses that do not have academic entrance requirements. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has an enabling tertiary preparation program (TPP) that has a large cohort of distance education students as well as a substantial on-campus cohort.
Previous research has been done to establish why large numbers of students do not complete the enabling TPP programs. Most research has been impeded by the poor response rate to questionnaires presented particularly to students who have discontinued their studies. Once students have made up their mind to discontinue their studies, they have diminished interest in responding to research that reviews their attitude, motivation and their reasons to drop out of the program.
This research will investigate if there are any common characteristics that exemplify a successful student. Students who were successful in completing TPP were sent questionnaires that examined their attitude and motivation throughout the course to find out what characteristics made them more resilient and persistent compared to their less successful colleagues. The response rate of the completing students was much greater than the response rate of previous
questionnaires that researched the attitudes and motivations of discontinuing students. It was anticipated that the findings of this research may be of interest to
the TPP teaching staff and when developed may assist in the better management and support of future enabling students.

Keywordsbridging course; motivation; success; attitude to; questionnaires
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390409. Learning sciences
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Byline AffiliationsOpen Access College
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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