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    Recognition of learning success for all
    Milligan, S ; Luo, R ; Kamei, T ; Rice, S ; Kheang, T (Foundation for Young Australians, Learning Creates Australia, 2020-10-31)
    Too many young Australians finish school ill-equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that they need to navigate the transition from school to further education, training or employment. This is a persistent problem that has resisted policy and programmatic effort for decades. Innovation has tended to be peripheral, unable to be scaled or sustained. This paper provides the background to the problem and the opportunity. It examines the prevailing conceptions of success built into the recognition system in senior secondary schooling in Australia and explores how to build a more equitable system that celebrates and measures a broader and deeper conception of success.
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    Navigating uncertainty: Australian young adult investors and digital finance cultures
    Hendry, N ; Hanckel, B ; Zhong, A (RMIT University, 2021-08-23)
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    Young Adults’ Perceptions of The Future of Work Examining Their Education and Employment Plans
    Churchill, B ; Cuervo, H (University of Melbourne, 2021-09-01)
    Society is about to undergo another significant and transformative change–a Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to Klaus Schwab (2016), founding director of the World Economic Forum and Professor of Economics: “we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another”. How the technological revolution of this forthcoming revolution will change the way we work, and the future of work more generally is becoming an increasing concern of governments, policymakers and the academic community writ large.
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    Understanding University Engagement: The impact of COVID-19 on collaborations and partnerships
    Law, SF ; Cattlin, J ; Locke, W (The University of Melbourne, 2021)
    In preparing for post-COVID-19 environment, this study sets out to explore the key barriers and challenges facing university staff and external stakeholders in sustaining engagement, and proposes ways to improve university external engagement. A total of 25 in-depth interviews were conducted during the pandemic disruptions with university staff across disciplines, levels and portfolios at the University of Melbourne, aiming to explore the different meanings, purposes, barriers and future outlooks on the ways in which universities engage with our society.
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    Housing matters: Understanding the housing experiences of undergraduate regional, rural and remote students living outside the family home
    Cook, J ; Bunn, M ; Burke, P ; Cuervo, H ; Hardacre, S ; Blunden, J (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), 2021)
    Regional, rural and remote (RRR) tertiary students’ unequal access to, participation in and completion of higher education when compared to their metropolitan peers is a key area of policy focus for the current federal government. This focus led to the recent (2019) launch of the National Regional, Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy focused on improving the participation and outcomes of RRR students in post-secondary education, along with a suite of regional measures intended to commence in 2021. However, while the strategy identifies finding and financing appropriate accommodation as a challenge for RRR students who relocate to pursue tertiary study, it does not include measures that fully address this challenge. This area of relative silence is echoed in the scholarly literature about Australian higher education, which similarly does not address the accommodation needs and experiences of diverse groups of RRR students who relocate to pursue tertiary study. This report presents the findings of a study designed to begin to address this dual gap in policy and scholarly literature.
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    Australian Education Survey: Examining the impact of COVID-19 Report Summary
    Ziebell, N ; Acquaro, D ; Seah, WT ; Pearn, C (The University of Melbourne, 2020)
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    Young Australians’ Confidence in Political Institutions and Their Civic Engagement
    Fu, J ; Wyn, J ; Churchill, B (Youth Research Collective, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, 2021)
    This report explores young Australians’ attitudes toward key political institutions and their civic engagement. Data was collected from the Life Patterns Cohort 2 participants who were 32 years of age in 2020. The report is framed by debates about the expectations that might be held about young people’s political engagement and participation in formal political processes, and the extent to which disengagement is simply an age-based phenomenon or a generational shift in attitudes and approaches, which is reflected in the views of young adults. The report presents a short review of literature about citizenship experiences of Australian young people, followed by a brief overview of the methods used to collect and analyse the data. The results are presented in two parts: level of political confidence (Section 4) and level of civic participation (Section 5). The report closes with a summary of the findings, and a discussion of the implications of these findings for enhancing the robustness of Australian democracy.
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    Not even remotely fair: Experiences of students with disability during COVID-19
    Dickinson, H ; Smith, C ; YATES, S ; Bertuol, M ( 2020)
    In this report we explore the experiences of students with disability in relation to the educational changes made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    The Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Autism
    Anderson, J ; Birch-Hanger, E ; Burn, G ; Dodevska, G ; Fitzgerald, J ; Harrison, M ; McVilly, K ; Moore, R ; Staples, D ; Thomas, S ; Uljarevic, M ; Weir, S (The University of Melbourne, 2020-07-02)
    This submission is a collaboration between one of Australia’s leading disability service providers and leading academics from the University of Melbourne on key issues relating to the services, support and life outcomes experienced by Autistic people in Australia and the associated need for a National Autism Strategy. The submission is grounded in research evidence and contains both policy and practice recommendations. Importantly, several of the contributors to this submission identify as Autistic, and in addition to their academic and professional experience bring to the submission the expertise of their lived experience. The Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership submission to this inquiry will focus on key issues relating to the services, support and life outcomes experienced by Autistic people in Australia, specifically focusing on the areas of advocacy, education, employment, health and mental health and the NDIS.