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Breaking the barriers: supporting and engaging mature age first-infamily university learners and their families

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Abstract


  • This nuts and bolts session will report on preliminary findings from

    research currently being conducted with older, first-in-family university

    students. This student cohort often has family commitments and so the

    research was specifically interested in the impacts of returning to

    education for both the students and their family members. The study is

    significant because mature age/first-in-family students are often at risk of

    attrition and they also represent a growing student cohort; hence higher

    education institutions need to be actively engaging with this group to

    improve retention and explore the possibilities for intergenerational

    educational participation. This research has been funded under the

    Office of Teaching and Learning Seed Grant initiative and is a

    partnership study between University of Wollongong, University of

    Newcastle and Open Universities Australia. The project is innovative, as

    it not only focuses on the students’ experiences but also, more

    significantly, their families in order to better conceptualise family

    discourses around how knowledge and learning are negotiated.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Stone, C. & May, J. (2014). Breaking the barriers: supporting and engaging mature age first-infamily university learners and their families. 17th International FYHE Conference 2014 (pp. 1-6). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications.

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Abstract


  • This nuts and bolts session will report on preliminary findings from

    research currently being conducted with older, first-in-family university

    students. This student cohort often has family commitments and so the

    research was specifically interested in the impacts of returning to

    education for both the students and their family members. The study is

    significant because mature age/first-in-family students are often at risk of

    attrition and they also represent a growing student cohort; hence higher

    education institutions need to be actively engaging with this group to

    improve retention and explore the possibilities for intergenerational

    educational participation. This research has been funded under the

    Office of Teaching and Learning Seed Grant initiative and is a

    partnership study between University of Wollongong, University of

    Newcastle and Open Universities Australia. The project is innovative, as

    it not only focuses on the students’ experiences but also, more

    significantly, their families in order to better conceptualise family

    discourses around how knowledge and learning are negotiated.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Stone, C. & May, J. (2014). Breaking the barriers: supporting and engaging mature age first-infamily university learners and their families. 17th International FYHE Conference 2014 (pp. 1-6). Brisbane, Australia: QUT Publications.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2453&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1454

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