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Popow, Monika – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2016
This paper addresses the meanings given to learning by Polish migrant bloggers. It presents the result of an analysis of ten blogs, written by Poles living abroad. The blogs under analysis were chosen on the basis of random sample. The analysed material was categorised by recurring themes, which included: learning in Poland, language acquisition,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites
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Hall, Lisa – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
Tertiary enabling programs have become an increasingly important part of the post-secondary schooling landscape. In recognition of the need for increased access for certain under-represented groups within the university population, enabling, bridging or foundational programs are offered by a large number of universities in Australia as alternative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
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Andrewartha, Lisa; Harvey, Andrew – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper examines the achievement levels of students undertaking the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) at La Trobe University. The TEP is an alternative pathway program that traverses multiple institutions, campuses, and disciplinary areas, and is designed to prepare a diverse student cohort for tertiary study. The Program integrates several…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Gains, Postsecondary Education, Regional Schools
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Chambers, Kelly; Whannell, Robert; Whannell, Patricia – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
This paper presents the findings from research on peer assessment practice that was specifically focussed on improving the experience in a tertiary bridging course. The objective of the study was to examine the impact of this assessment approach on student social relationships and the overall assessment experience. The study also examined whether…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Regional Schools, Peer Evaluation, Postsecondary Education
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Whannell, Robert – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2013
This study examines the attrition and achievement of a sample of 295 students in an on-campus tertiary bridging program at a regional university. A logistic regression analysis using enrolment status, age and the number of absences from scheduled classes at week three of the semester as predictor variables correctly predicted 92.8 percent of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Colleges, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education
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McDougall, Jenny; Davis, Wendy – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
While much has been written about the transformative potential of adult education from the student perspective, little research has been done into the experiences of those who teach in such contexts. This paper draws on the reflections of three academics who work in an enabling program in regional Australia. We embarked on a process of critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Educators, Transformative Learning, Reflective Teaching
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Beddie, Francesca – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
In 2010, fifty years after the establishment of the association now called Adult Learning Australia (ALA), the association still faces the dilemma about how to sell its message that adult learning matters. The dilemma is one of philosophy: in the nineteenth century, it was liberalism versus utilitarianism; in the mid-twentieth, the instrumental…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries
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Giles, David; Alderson, Sharon – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
Educational discourse has often struggled to genuinely move beyond deficit-based language. Even action research, a predominant model for teacher development, starts with the identification of a problem (Cardno 2003). It would appear that the vocabulary for a hope-filled discourse which captures the imagination and influences our future educational…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Action Research, Transformative Learning, Adult Students
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Trewartha, Rae – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
A 2006 survey of programs at Unitec, New Zealand concluded that, in the main, Unitec programs and courses were not meeting student needs in the area of foundation and bridging education. Invoking international research and practice, a report was compiled proposing a number of recommendations to remedy this situation. Academic Board, in accepting…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education
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Elsey, Barry – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2007
This paper explores the post-graduation experiences of 94 doctoral graduates from the Division of Business at the University of South Australia. Data were gathered by means of an online questionnaire. The first part examines the extent to which the original goals and ambitions of the graduates were realised in successfully completing the doctoral…
Descriptors: Graduates, Foreign Countries, Doctoral Degrees, Questionnaires
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Debenham, Jennifer; May, Jo – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2005
This paper concerns the experiences and effects of a tertiary entrance program from two perspectives: that of a former student now engaged in her Honours program and of her enabling lecturer. The main aim of the paper is to present a literature review of published studies about mature women's engagement with tertiary study at the entry level. The…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Biographies, Postsecondary Education, Higher Education