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ERIC Number: EJ797595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Challenges in Understanding and Assisting Mature-Age Students Who Participate in Alternative Entry Programs
Cullity, Marguerite
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v46 n2 p175-201 Jul 2006
Mature-age students are a significant group within the Australian sub-degree and undergraduate commencing cohort. Nevertheless, little is known about mature-age student backgrounds or factors that affect their participation at university. This paper draws on a case study that examined the nature and outcomes of Australian alternative entry programs for mature-age students. Specifically, the paper explores the demographic characteristics of mature-age students who participate in these programs. Australian research indicates that mature-age student circumstances influence their university aspirations and awareness of academic study. An understanding of mature-age student characteristics assists program organisers in designing effective alternative entry courses for unmatriculated, return-to-study and equity group mature learners. It is through a shared knowledge of mature learner circumstances and appropriate pedagogy that alternative entry program personnel can monitor and advance student participation at university. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia