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Devlin, Marcia; Zhang, Liang-Cheng; Edwards, Daniel; Withers, Glenn; McMillan, Julie; Vernon, Lynette; Trinidad, Sue – Higher Education Research and Development, 2023
This study examined the costs of supporting Australian university students from different socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds and whether there are economies of scale. The mixed-methods research in 2018 and 2019 found that substantially higher costs applied for supporting students from low SES backgrounds. These were explained by the costs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Socioeconomic Status, Social Support Groups
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Devlin, Marcia; Samarawickrema, Gayani – Higher Education Research and Development, 2022
An article published in "Higher Education Research & Development" (HERD) in 2010 titled, 'The criteria of effective teaching in a changing higher education context' argued that an effective university teacher needs to have specific skills and practices that are applicable to a particular context. The article is one of HERD's most…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, COVID-19, Pandemics, College Instruction
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McKay, Jade; Devlin, Marcia – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
The Australian government has set ambitious targets for increased higher-education participation of people from low socioeconomic backgrounds. There is, thus, a pressing need to explore how best to empower these students with what they require to progress and succeed at university. The paper draws on a literature review and qualitative data from a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Attendance, Socioeconomic Background
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Devlin, Marcia; Samarawickrema, Gayani – Higher Education Research and Development, 2010
The criteria of effective teaching in higher education are understood to comprise particular skills and practices applied within particular contexts. Drawing on the literature and using Australia's understanding of effective teaching, this paper examines the notion of effective teaching. The paper specifically compares dimensions derived from…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Criteria, Foreign Countries
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Devlin, Marcia; Gray, Kathleen – Higher Education Research and Development, 2007
The ways in which universities and individual academics attempt to deter and respond to student plagiarism may be based on untested assumptions about particular or primary reasons for this behaviour. Using a series of group interviews, this qualitative study gathered the views of 56 Australian university students on the possible reasons for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personality, Admission Criteria, Plagiarism
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Devlin, Marcia – Higher Education Research and Development, 1996
A study of 21 adult and 104 traditional-age undergraduate teacher education students at an Australian university found significant age differences in learning and study strategies, with mature students using more effective strategies more often. Significant correlations were found between students' strategies and their self-reported level of…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Age Differences, College Students