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Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities

Devlin, Marcia and McKay, Jade 2016, Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 92-106.

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Title Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities
Author(s) Devlin, Marcia
McKay, Jade
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 92
End page 106
Total pages 15
Publisher A S C I L I T E
Place of publication Tugun, Qld.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1449-5554
Keyword(s) students from low socioeconomic backgrounds
student success
disadvantaged students
widening participation
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Summary Australian higher education has adopted a widening participation agenda with a focus on the participation of disadvantaged students, particularly those from low socioeconomic status (LSES) backgrounds. As these students begin to enter university in greater number and proportion than ever before, there is increasing interest in how best to facilitate their success. A recent national study employed semi-structured interviews to ask 89 successful LSES students what had helped them succeed. Twenty-six staff experienced in effectively teaching and supporting LSES students were also interviewed about what approaches they used in their work. Analysis of the study's findings indicates a strong theme related to the use of technology in effectively teaching and supporting LSES students. In particular, the use of a range of resources and media, facilitating interactive and connected learning, enabling personalised learning and assuring high academic standards were found to contribute to student success. The implications of these findings are discussed with a specific focus on promoting effective teaching practice and informing related policy. At a time when the diversity of the student cohort in Australian higher education institutions is increasing, the findings reported in this paper are both timely and critical for educators and institutions.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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