This research project contributes to enhancing the learning and experiences of students from low socioeconomic status (LSES) in Australian higher education. The research identifies and documents successful initiatives and has created a new, easy-to-use and adaptable set of resources to assist institutions to effectively implement policies, programs and practices to facilitate the success of students from LSES backgrounds enrolled in higher education institutions in Australia.
Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds
Office for Learning and Teaching Extension Grant 2013/2014
The original project contributed to enhancing the learning and experiences of students from low socioeconomic status (LSES) in Australian higher education. The two principle resources developed were: Practical Advice for Teaching Staff and Practical Advice for Institutional Policy Makers and Leaders. The findings were applicable to a range of higher education contexts and to enhancing the experience of all students, irrespective of background.
The extension project was intended to provide academic and professional staff opportunities to explore the resources and undertake practical activities around the effective teaching and support of students from low SES backgrounds in four Australian workshops (ACT, SA, WA and QLD).
A series of vignettes was produced that captured current practice across the sector dedicated to curricular and co-curricular support for low SES students and those academic and professional staff supporting these programs. Each vignette provides an overview of the program and reflects on good practice aligned to the practical advice in the resources. Additionally, the vignette reflects on the information provided in the workshop and how the program has changed – or intends to modify practice since the workshop.
Vignette 1: New In Law – Flinders University
Vignette 2: Tertiary Preparation Pathway – University of the Sunshine Coast
Vignette 3: Fairway UWA – University of Western Australia
Vignette 4: First Year Advisor’s Network – Murdoch University
Vignette 5: Study Skills Support – University of Adelaide
Project Leader: Professor Karen Nelson, University of the Sunshine Coast
Project Manager: Tracy Creagh, Queensland University of Technology