Bridges and barriers to success for Pacific Islanders completing their first year at an Australian university

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Title Bridges and barriers to success for Pacific Islanders completing their first year at an Australian university
Author Kearney, Judith Frances; Donaghy, Martina
Publication Title 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010
Editor Jason Thomas
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher QUT Events
Abstract This paper draws attention to the situation of low socio-economic groups with a non-English speaking background. In particular, it provides a preliminary study of the Pacific Islander community. In-depth interviews were conducted with two female Samoan students who had successfully completed their first year at university. We then used grounded-theory methodology with an embedding of constant comparative methods to analyse interview data. Findings showed that family support for education, equity outreach initiatives in schools, and transition programs that involve Pacific Islanders raised aspirations and encouraged access to university. Personal attributes such as agency and persistence allowed students to benefit from first-year initiatives provided by universities. Barriers to success were more evident during secondary schooling than during the first year at university. In particular, negative peer pressure discouraged aspirations. Outreach initiatives involving partnerships between schools and universities are recommended to provide the bridges that encourage success at university for members of the Pacific Islander community.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Conference name 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010
Location Adelaide
Date From 2010-06-27
Date To 2010-06-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38990
Date Accessioned 2011-01-28
Date Available 2011-06-01T22:58:01Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Higher Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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