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Dollinger, Mollie; Taylor, Darci; Piskiewicz, Lea – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2023
A persistent issue in Australia, and globally, is how to improve participation rates in higher education for students from regional and rural areas. In this paper, we tackle this challenge by exploring the idea of a Community Embedded University (CEU). We draw on empirical data from three participatory co-design workshops with university students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Rural Areas, College Students
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Gao, Catherine Yuan; Dollinger, Mollie; D'Angelo, Belinda; Harvey, Andrew – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2022
Australian higher education participation continues to expand, yet in unequal ways. Regional, rural, and remote (RRR) student participation is stubbornly stalled, despite sustained research and policy initiatives to support these cohorts. To address this complex issue, we interviewed 10 RRR principals in Queensland and Victoria to explore specific…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Rural Schools, Rural Areas
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Stone, Cathy; King, Sharron; Ronan, Chris – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2022
Across Australia, students at regional, rural and remote high schools are considerably less likely to go to university than their metropolitan counterparts. One of the ways in which universities try to help to bridge this gap is to organise visits to such schools, with the purpose of familiarising students with the idea of university and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, High School Students, Outreach Programs, Foreign Countries
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Lasselle, Laurence – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2021
This paper addresses educational inequality of access to higher education for Scottish rural communities. Inequality results from the sole use of a national socio-economic index in order to meet a key milestone for higher education goal. I show (1) how the use of this index can have adverse effects on these communities and (2) how contextual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Access to Education, Higher Education
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Brown, Brittany; Avitaia, Samantha; Austin, Kylie; Facchin, Jaimey – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2020
The University of Wollongong's (UOW) Outreach program was established in 2011. In 2017, through a National Priority Pool Grant, UOW piloted the regional and rural outreach program, "Rural In2Uni." The "Rural In2Uni" program enabled university students to "pay it forward" through a pedagogical model which places rural…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Rural Schools, Student Experience
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Stone, Cathy; Freeman, Elizabeth; Dyment, Janet; Muir, Tracey; Milthorpe, Naomi – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2019
Online study is generally associated with the terms "flexible" and "flexibility." Many students choose to study online specifically for the flexibility that is offered, hoping they can combine their studies with multiple other responsibilities in their lives. For students living in regional and rural areas, such flexibility can…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Flexible Scheduling, Equal Education, Educational Experience
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Clothey, Rebecca; Otkur, Arafat; Morrison, Jeaná – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2018
This paper examines how rural origin combines with ethnicity as a factor in higher education access among one ethnic group, the Uyghur, a Muslim minority who mostly reside in China's northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. As one of China's 55 officially recognized minority groups, many of whom reside in rural areas, Uyghurs make an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Youth, Muslims, Minority Group Students
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Vichie, Krystle – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2017
Equitable access and participation in higher education from regional youth is a major concern in Australia (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), 2015). Currently 0.9% of all university students in Australia come from a regional or remote area (NCSEHE, 2015). This statistic is alarming in the context of the ever-rising…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Access to Education, Enrollment Trends
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Hawkins, Cherie-Lynn – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2017
The notion of 'raising aspirations' to widen participation in higher education and increase attainment has dominated policy discourse globally for the past decade. Projects and campaigns that aim to increase participation and attainment in education therefore typically focus on student aspirations. This is certainly the case in the Tasmanian…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adolescents, Females, Foreign Countries
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Whannell, Robert; Tobias, Stephen – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2015
There has been a steady decline in the number of secondary and tertiary students studying mathematics and science. Rural schools also report a shortage of qualified teachers in these disciplines. This paper describes the steps taken at the University of New England (UNE) to improve the provision of mathematics and science education (MS) in rural…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, College Science
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Gregory, Sue; Jacka, Lisa; Hillier, Mathew; Grant, Scott – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2015
This paper presents four case studies from two regional and two metropolitan Australian universities, showcasing how 3D virtual world platforms have been used to connect, engage and motivate students in both co-located and non-co-located contexts. The case studies provide practical examples of how virtual worlds and associated applications have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Thomas, Kym; Ellis, Bronwyn; Kirkham, Renae; Parry, Louka – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2014
The lower rates of participation in higher education of people from remote areas, together with the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in higher education, make it less likely that students from remote Indigenous communities will aspire to attend university. Educators and community must develop working…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Rural Areas, Indigenous Populations, Academic Aspiration
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Evans, Nina; Ziaian, Tahereh; Sawyer, Janet; Gillham, David – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2013
A pilot study was conducted in a regional university setting to promote awareness of the value of affective teaching and learning amongst staff and students. Academic staff and students from diverse disciplines at University of South Australia's (UniSA) Centre for Regional Engagement (CRE) were recruited to the study. The research investigated…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Regional Characteristics, Pilot Projects, Regional Schools
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Nagy, Judy; Robinson, Susan R. – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2013
The massification and globalization of higher education, combined with the widespread adoption of processes underpinning accreditation and quality control of university programs, have tended to result in learning contexts that are increasingly narrowly conceived and tightly controlled. Underlying many quality control measures is a "one size…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Quality Control, Rural Education
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Drummond, Aaron; Palmer, Matthew A.; Halsey, R. John – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2013
We examined whether the presence of higher education facilities made regional towns more attractive as potential residences. Metropolitan undergraduate students reported that they were more willing to live in a regional town with (vs. without) a university. Importantly, this applied regardless of whether they intended to work or study at the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Facilities, Quality of Life, Regional Characteristics
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