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Navigating the knowledge sets of older learners: Exploring the capitals of first-infamily mature age students

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Abstract


  • This paper is based upon research with Australian students who were

    the first in their family to come to university. The studies sought to explore how

    attending university impacted upon both the learners and their families,

    particularly the intergenerational implications of this attendance. Drawing on indepth

    interviews conducted with older university students enrolled in a medium

    sized regional university, this paper will focus on how this mature cohort

    articulated the ways in which they drew upon life and work experiences during

    their transition to university. Applying the Community Cultural Framework

    (Yosso, 2005) this article proposes that these learners brought a range of

    capitals to the higher education environment including what has been termed

    ‘experiential capital’. In exploring the characteristics and sources of these

    capitals, the paper will include suggestions about how higher education

    institutions might seek to both recognise and nurture such resources within the

    tertiary sector.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • O'Shea, S. (2016). Navigating the knowledge sets of older learners: Exploring the capitals of first-infamily mature age students. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18 (3), 34-54.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3902&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2899

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 34

End Page


  • 54

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • This paper is based upon research with Australian students who were

    the first in their family to come to university. The studies sought to explore how

    attending university impacted upon both the learners and their families,

    particularly the intergenerational implications of this attendance. Drawing on indepth

    interviews conducted with older university students enrolled in a medium

    sized regional university, this paper will focus on how this mature cohort

    articulated the ways in which they drew upon life and work experiences during

    their transition to university. Applying the Community Cultural Framework

    (Yosso, 2005) this article proposes that these learners brought a range of

    capitals to the higher education environment including what has been termed

    ‘experiential capital’. In exploring the characteristics and sources of these

    capitals, the paper will include suggestions about how higher education

    institutions might seek to both recognise and nurture such resources within the

    tertiary sector.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • O'Shea, S. (2016). Navigating the knowledge sets of older learners: Exploring the capitals of first-infamily mature age students. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18 (3), 34-54.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3902&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2899

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 34

End Page


  • 54

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3