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ERIC Number: ED470619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging Studies: An Alternative Pathway to University for Rural Australians.
Ellis, Bronwyn; Cooper, Nancy; Sawyer, Janet
Bridging courses are courses that prepare adult and other nontraditional students for undergraduate study. Focus groups examined the strengths, limitations, and impacts of bridging courses offered at a rural university campus in South Australia. A survey based on their responses was returned by 12 current students in bridging courses and 2 who had withdrawn. Bridging study increased respondents' confidence and self-esteem. The gaining of new friendships was significant, but the demands of study interfered with work and home life. Making a commitment to study and not being distracted by unrelated menial tasks was a concern. Family and partners were cited as being helpful and supportive. The content of some courses was perceived to be irrelevant to students' future requirements, and at times the pace of delivery was too fast. Respondents recommended workshops on how to study effectively and how to access library resources on the computer. With the exception of requests for introductory subjects related to chosen future discipline areas, respondents felt the program did not need more content. The quality of campus facilities and staff assistance were rated highly, but the need for more activities for mature-age students was pointed out. Respondents generally believed that the program had prepared them well for future studies, and all respondents replied that they would recommend the bridging program to others. An appendix presents the survey questionnaire. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia