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Relational pedagogy for student engagement and success at university

Pearce, J. and Down, B.ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 (2011) Relational pedagogy for student engagement and success at university. The Australian Educational Researcher, 38 (4). pp. 483-494.

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The Australian Government's policy to transform higher education by 2020 includes plans to significantly raise the levels of undergraduate enrolment by people of low socio-economic status. In light of this policy direction, this article examines how a group of undergraduate students of low socio-economic status work to maintain their desire for learning and to remain included in the university system despite experiencing cultural processes of exclusion. As the students reflect on the cultural and pedagogical conditions that promote, support and enhance their participation and engagement in higher education, a picture emerges of the importance of students' relationships with academics. Whilst positive relationships help students to remain engaged, negative experiences work against continuing participation and engagement. Given the desire of the Australian government to increase participation in higher education by students from under-represented groups, this research identifies some challenges and possibilities for both universities and academics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 2011 The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc.
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