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Moving from technical and further education to university: an Australian study of mature students


Abbott-Chapman, JA, Moving from technical and further education to university: an Australian study of mature students, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 58, (1) pp. 1-17. ISSN 1363-6820 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13636820500507666


Longitudinal research, conducted between 1999 and 2002, tracked the academic progress of a small sample of mature students entering the University of Tasmania, Australia, from a disadvantaged region of Tasmania to pursue degrees in accounting and education. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to examine the impact of alternative selection methods, attendance at the Unistart induction program and continuing study support, on students’ academic progress and satisfaction with university. The progress of mature technical and further education (TAFE)-background students compared with those who held school-leaver qualifications is the particular focus of this paper. Findings reveal that TAFE-background students overall perform academically on a par with other members of the cohort, but that they experience more study problems and less satisfaction during the first year. Induction programs and study support assist the first-year transition and are associated with later academic success. Implications for wider policy are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, JA (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
ID Code:39504
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-03
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