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Tertiary bridging courses in science and mathematics for second chance students in Australia

Fraser, B.J., Malone, J.A. and Taylor, P.C. (1990) Tertiary bridging courses in science and mathematics for second chance students in Australia. Higher Education Research & Development, 9 (2). pp. 85-100.

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Bridging programs in science and mathematics were designed to enable Australian students who haven't successfully completed Year 11–12 studies to qualify for entry to science and mathematics related courses in higher education. Although originally designed for Australian Aborigines, these bridging programs have broad application to all second‐chance groups in Australia seeking special entry to tertiary courses. The bridging program materials emphasize diagnostic assessment, individualized instruction, short‐term learning goals and the independence of learners, although a course tutor also must be available to play various instructional, personal support and management roles. Evidence supporting the success of these bridging programs is provided by the fact that, from a small group of Aborigines who tried out the materials for the first time, one was accepted for a university course in medicine and another was accepted for training as a commercial pilot.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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