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Pathways theory of progression through higher education

Robinson, Rosalie A. and Bornholt, Laurel J. (2007). Pathways theory of progression through higher education. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology,7:49-62.

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Title Pathways theory of progression through higher education
Author Robinson, Rosalie A.
Bornholt, Laurel J.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 7
ISSN 1446-5442   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33847318794
Start Page 49
End Page 62
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher University of Newcastle * Faculty of Education
Abstract This paper is concerned with the pathways students take through their studies at university. A critique of current research demands a fresh approach to explaining student progression, in particular within Australian higher education. To date, theories of student progression commonly consider the fit of the person to the university environment within one rather homogeneous socio-cultural milieu. Socio-ecological approaches provide a new, more appropriate framework for investigating the progression of undergraduate students. Student pathways are conceptualised as a diverse series of choices within the discrete learning contexts of courses. In principle, student pathways and related behavioural outcomes are a function of student characteristics and the supports and constraints within each course. Understanding the differential impact of personal and social characteristics of students and their specific learning contexts contributes to an understanding of the choice behaviour of students as they negotiate common and distinct pathways through courses within the broader context of higher education. This paper presents an appropriate, useful and meaningful theoretical framework for understanding how students navigate the Australian higher education system.
Keywords Australia
Choice behaviour
Higher education
Learning context
Student outcomes
Theoretical framework
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