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School-Based Enabling Programs: Creating Opportunity and Connection

Abstract

A growing body of literature and rhetoric from the secondary sector recognises that traditional senior secondary curriculums are not catering to all university aspirational students. This need created an opportunity for University Preparation Pathways (UPP) at Murdoch University to provide a transitional path for an underserviced cohort. FlexiTrack High (FTH), a pioneering school-based enabling program, demonstrates how effective course design can create opportunities for underserviced cohorts, contribute to the Government’s goal of raising tertiary participation rates amongst young people and foster connections between tertiary and secondary institutions. Utilising a second-generation Enabling Transition Pedagogy (ETP), this report explores the pedagogical underpinnings of an effective school-based program. Autoethnographic data obtained through a unique collaboration between Murdoch and partnerships schools, as well as quantitative progression data and student surveys, provide early indicators of the wide range of impacts an explicit model of this nature can have on students and schools.

Published: 2022-11-29
Pages:1 to 10
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Olds, A., Jones, A., Sturniolo-Baker, R., Clark, S., Dawson, J., McGrath, W., Plumb, C. ., Schwartz, C., & White, C. . (2022). School-Based Enabling Programs: Creating Opportunity and Connection : . Student Success, 13(3), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2436

Author Biographies

Murdoch University
Australia Australia

Anita Olds is a lecturer and the Unit Coordinator of the FlexiTrack High pre-university enabling program at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She brings to the enabling space 20 years of diverse teaching experience. Her research focus is on authentic and engaging enabling programs, holistic curriculum design and the emotional labour demands on educators. 

Murdoch University
Australia Australia

Dr Angela Jones is the Head of Discipline of University Preparation Pathways at Murdoch University, Western Australia.  She is the chief curriculum designer and Unit Coordinator of the FlexiTrack pre-university enabling program. Her current research projects focus on enabling education, learning communities and popular culture. She is a self-confessed EduPunk. 

Murdoch University
Australia Australia

Dr Rebekah Sturniolo-Baker is an Associate Lecturer in the FlexiTrack High program at Murdoch University. After previously working as a language teacher and academic, she has now been teaching in enabling programs for over six years. Her research focus is on ways to promote active learning and improve academic writing skills for enabling students.   

Mater Dei College
Australia Australia

Shane Clarke is a Head of Year at Mater Dei College and has been teaching in the FlexiTrack High Program for three years.

La Salle College
Australia Australia

Jaimee Dawson is a teacher and Career Counsellor at La Salle College. She has worked in various schools over her 20 years in Education. She is passionate about providing guidance to students to explore their passions and create a future pathway that aligns with their strengths and interests.

Catholic Education Western Australia
Australia Australia

Wes McGrath is a Career Development consultant for Catholic Education Western Australia where he leads, and support school and system initiatives aligned with CECWA’s Strategic Directions. He is often found working across sectors with Department of Education, Australian Independent Schools Association and the TAFE sector to continue to achieve growth in pathway opportunities for the youth in Western Australian

Dalyellup College
Australia Australia

Curtis Plumb is the teacher of FlexiTrack High at Dalyellup College, Western Australia. He has spent over 20 years as a Head of Humanities and Social Sciences and teacher across Western Australia. He is a passionate teacher who has a focus on ensuring students have the possibility of achieving the further studies aspirations which they otherwise may have given up on.

Rossmoyne Senior High School
Australia Australia

Catherine Schwartz is a teacher at Rossmoyne Senior High School. A member of the Career and Vocational Education Department, and experienced ATAR and Enabling programs teacher, her focus is on providing engaging, purposeful and diverse learning experiences that provide all students with the opportunity to experience success and develop a love of learning. 

La Salle College
Australia Australia

Carmel White is a teacher librarian and Coordinator of the iCentre at La Salle College. She has worked in a variety of schools and learning environments for more than 40 years and is passionate about supporting students from diverse backgrounds to develop skills to build confidence in their abilities to achieve success in all sorts of situations.

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