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Community gets you through: Success factors contributing to the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students

Abstract

This paper explores success factors contributing to the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students identified through a National Teaching Fellowship. Interviews with Indigenous HDR graduates are analysed to explore inhibiting and success factors to completing an HDR. While the fellowship focused mostly on building successful pathways from undergraduate study into HDRs, interviewees also discussed success factors for completing an HDR. In order to address Indigenous student retention and success in higher education, finding out what contributes to successful HDR completions for Indigenous students across diverse disciplines is critical.

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Pages:13 to 23
Section: Articles
How to Cite
Barney, K. (2018). Community gets you through: Success factors contributing to the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Student Success, 9(4), 13-23. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v9i4.654

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Author Biography

University of Queensland
Australia Australia

Katelyn Barney is a Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. She is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Managing Editor of The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.