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Social effectiveness of tertiary education for adults in mid-life

This publication synthesises the results of the European Project THEMP (Tertiary Education for People in Midlife). The project aims to study tertiary lifelong learning (TLL) programs at universities in seven EU-member states with respect to inclusion of mid-life learners and social impact. The core contributions to the project are case studies of three universities in each country. The main focus lies on the analysis of the weak and strong points of the lifelong learning (LLL) activities in the selected universities and their strategies in developing and implementing training programs.

This publication synthesises the results of the European Project THEMP (Tertiary Education for People in Midlife). The ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Kruger, Karsten
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Lifelong learning; Higher education; Demographics;

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Dancing on the bottom line: an unruly cost-benefit analysis of three academic development initiatives

This article offers an unconventional cost-benefit analysis of three academic development initiatives at a large Australasian university: a three-day foundation course for new academics, a series of one-on-one teaching consultations and a two-year postgraduate certificate program. Weaving together qualitative, quantitative and arts-based methodologies, [the author] examine[s] the pros and cons of each mode, arguing that higher education research is enriched rather than diminished by hybrid strategies that challenge the status quo.

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Authors: Sword, Helen
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Workforce development; Higher education; Providers of education and training;

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Slovenian young researchers' motivation for knowledge transfer

A programme for the promotion of science and doctoral studies called the 'Young researchers training programme' has been developed in Slovenia. Since it began, the programme has been substantially funded and over 6,000 young people have participated in it. However, no evaluation of the programme's effectiveness has yet been conducted. In this study [the authors] identified young researchers' motivation for entering the programme, their assessment of the training and links to knowledge transfer into practice as the principal idea behind the programme. Two training groups, university based young researchers and company based young researchers, are compared in order to assess whether the type of training affects knowledge transfer.

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Authors: Arzensek, Ana; Kosmrlj, Katarina; Sirca, Nada Trunk
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Slovenia; Europe
Journal title: Higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Evaluation; Youth; Teaching and learning;

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Facing the closed door: what community college students do after being denied transfer admission

Lower division preparation for the university has been an important mission of community colleges since their inception, creating an essential pathway to baccalaureate degree attainment for many students who may not have access to higher education. The transfer pathway is complex and often difficult for students to navigate. This study examined the decisions students make after being denied transfer admission to a public university and the extent to which the difficulty with transfer is rooted in insufficient capacity to meet the growing demand for postsecondary education at many public universities in California.

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Authors: Neault, Lynn Ceresino; Piland, William E.
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Community college review
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Pathways; Providers of education and training; Students

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Implications for learning and teaching in higher education delivered by private providers and TAFE and the role of university partners

Government ideology, funding and regulatory policies at the national and state levels, growth in technologies and a market-driven culture are having a significant impact on the tertiary education landscape in Australia. This is particularly evident in the blurring of the boundaries between universities and vocational education and training (VET) providers, including TAFE (technical and further education) institutes. It is also evident in the growth of private providers offering VET and/or higher education (HE) programs. Partnerships and collaborations across the sector are emerging in response to changing cultural and government policies, priorities and incentives. An important question for those interested in the learning experience and learning outcomes at the tertiary education level is: 'what are the implications for learning and teaching of this changing landscape?'

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Authors: Bennett, Lorraine; Shah, Mahsood; Nair, Chenicheri Sid
Conference name: National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Vocational education and training;

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Closing the policy-practice gap for low-SES students in higher education: the pedagogical challenge

This paper reports on an interpretivist research study that sought to articulate the strategies being adopted by selected universities to recruit, teach and retain students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. The literature is clear that these students face more barriers and fewer encouragers than their peers to engage with higher education and that the institutional habitus of universities, including their pedagogies, does not always work in their favour - creating an impression that they do not belong. Using a naturalistic inquiry approach, 19 semi-structured interviews were conducted with teachers and leaders from 12 Australian universities with a regional focus.

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Authors: Thomas, Glyn
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Higher education research and development
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Students;

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The effects of massification on higher education in Africa

The report is in two parts. The first part is a literature review of massification on higher education with special reference to Africa. It shows that massification is a global phenomenon, resulting from factors such as democratisation of education, the advent of the knowledge economy and globalization. In Africa, massification of higher education has occurred mainly because of improvement at primary and secondary education levels, resulting in a large cohort of graduates seeking access to higher education, and also the realisation now that higher education is crucially important for economic development. Higher education institutions also inevitably experience a rapid increase in student enrolment, this being regarded as 'institutional' massification. Another characteristic of Africa is that massification in the institutions has occurred without an accompanying increase in resources - financial, physical and human - which has had a direct impact on the physical infrastructure, the quality of teaching and learning, research, quality of life of the students, etc.

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Authors: Mohamedbhai, Goolam
Date: 2008
Geographic subjects: Africa; Burkina Faso; Ghana;
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Providers of education and training;

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Building an evolving method and materials for teaching writing in large classes

In South Africa and in other parts of the world, many professions are bemoaning the poor ability of many graduates to communicate their skills and knowledge effectively once they enter the workplace. Increasingly, pressure is placed on higher education to do more in terms of equipping future professionals with the necessary critical reading, research, thinking and writing skills the workplace demands. However, in South Africa especially, the demand for access to higher education is resulting in increased admissions, and in many lecturers standing in front of larger classes filled with students from a wide range of home and educational backgrounds with 'variable' commands of English as a medium of instruction and communication (Greenbaum and Mbali in S Afr Linguist Appl Lang Stud 20:233-244, 2002). This makes the task of equipping these students with disciplinary knowledge and skills a challenge.

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Authors: Clarence, Sherran; Albertus, Latiefa; Mwambene, Lea
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Journal title: Higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge; Literacy;

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Part-time work experience of university students and their career development

This research utilized questionnaire survey data acquired from students at national universities in Japan to establish the relationship between qualitative aspects (job characteristics and behaviors in engaging in work) and quantitative aspects (hours worked) of Arubaito (part-time work) held by university students, and their career development while at university. As a result of this research, the author demonstrates that students engaged in part-time work that involves a wide range of skills, and students who are proactive in their part-time workplaces, have higher levels of career development. Furthermore, an inverted u-shaped relationship was observed between the number of hours worked per week in part-time work and the level of career development, indicating that consideration of optimum working hours is important in career development. Additionally, students engaged in part-time work that requires a diverse range of skills have high levels of career development even with short working hours, indicating that the optimal working hours are shorter in this case. These results indicate that maintaining appropriate quality and working hours in regard to part-time work activities, which are part of daily life for most students, can play a vital role in both their career development and their school-to-work transition.

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Authors: Sekiguchi, Timoki
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Asia; Japan
Journal title: Japan labor review
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Employment; Students; Research;

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Framework for implementing engineering senior design capstone courses and design clinics

Senior design capstone projects for engineering students are essential components of an undergraduate program that enhances communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills. Capstone projects with industry are well established in management, but not as heavily utilized in engineering. This paper outlines a general framework that can be used by students and faculty to create a strong, industry-based senior design capstone course. The framework has been established over the past 17 years at the University of Toledo College of Engineering and has been applied to over 90 projects in the Mechanical Engineering Department. This paper outlines the course framework, a discussion of the resources required, overviews of typical industry projects, a discussion of evaluation criteria, and a discussion of the benefits and challenges. In addition, commentary of students who have completed the course is included.

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Authors: Franchetti, Matthew; Hefzy, Mohamed Samir; Pourazady, Mehdi;
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Journal of STEM education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Students; Industry;

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