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ERIC Number: EJ926455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
An Interrupted Pathway
Michell, Dee
Australian Universities' Review, v53 n1 p89-93 2011
It took the author 22 years to get her first undergraduate degree. Not that she studied for all that time, of course, but she first enrolled in 1976 and she didn't graduate with her BA until April 1998. Why did it take so long? Was there something wrong with her? Was there anything anyone else could have done to help her get through university earlier? These questions are very much on her mind at the moment as programmes have been and are being put into place to encourage more school leavers from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds to go on to university. Her interest in the Federal Government's push to increase the representation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds from less than 15 to 20 per cent by 2020 (Bradley et al. 2008) is both personal and academic. It's personal because she was a student from a low socio-economic background, and it's academic because she now teaches in a university. She thinks that studying has been worthwhile, not only because she loves her life now, but also because she has demonstrated that one doesn't have to be an academically gifted high school student from a low SES background to get a PhD--being average will get anyone there too.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia