Improving participation in higher education for young people from low socio-economic backgrounds: changing beliefs about university

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Author: Harris, Jo-anne Margaret


After decades of initiatives aimed at addressing inequitable rates of participation in higher education, people from low socio-economic backgrounds remain underrepresented. A growing body of work suggests that family attitudes are the dominant influence on young people's academic success and aspirations for higher education. This research asks whether it is possible to intervene in the construction of young people's aspirations. Specifically, it evaluates the impact of an intervention program on young people's knowledge of, beliefs about and aspirations for higher education. Drawing on...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Students; Youth; Participation; Equity

Keywords: University; Access to information; Access to education and training; Aspirations; Decision making; Family; Social capital; Human capital; Socioeconomic background; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Recommendations

Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania

Published: [Sydney, New South Wales]: University of Sydney, 2010

Physical description: xiv, 371 p.

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Resource type: Thesis

Call number: TD/TNC 134.56

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