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Achieving diversity : pathways may be the solution!

Mills, Anthony, McLaughlin, Patricia and Davis, Peter 2011, Achieving diversity : pathways may be the solution!, in AUBEA 2011 : Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association, AUBEA, [Gold Coast, Qld.], pp. 236-252.

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Title Achieving diversity : pathways may be the solution!
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
McLaughlin, Patricia
Davis, Peter
Conference name Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association (36th : 2011 : Gold Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 27-29 Apr. 2011
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2011 : Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association
Start page 236
End page 252
Publisher AUBEA
Place of publication [Gold Coast, Qld.]
Keyword(s) diversity
pathways
socioeconomic status
construction
Summary This paper examines the role of pathways in increasing the diversity of higher education student cohorts. The Commonwealth Government has as its higher education reform agenda the increased participation of under-represented groups to a 20% diversity target for Australian universities. Yet for many universities, reaching this target will require significant changes to entry and access conditions. This paper examines two case studies of construction education pathways and evaluates their effectiveness in addressing diversity using the DEMO matrix developed by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). The first case study was based on a VET in Schools model that articulates school students into construction courses in TAFE and higher education. The second case study targets mature aged people who do not have formal qualifications in construction, but wish to participate in higher education. The results indicate that pathways into construction degrees can improve student equity ratios, but element such as learner engagement, confidence, resources and collaboration are critical features of successful pathways. These results have important implications for future decision making regarding university articulation models in light of higher education diversity targets.
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Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 870402 Commercial Construction Processes
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, AUBEA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042277

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