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dc.contributor.authorJohns, S.
dc.contributor.authorCrawford, Nicole
dc.contributor.authorHawkins, C.
dc.contributor.authorJarvis, L.
dc.contributor.authorHarris, M.
dc.contributor.authorMcCormack, D.
dc.identifier.citationJohns, S. and Crawford, N. and Hawkins, C. and Jarvis, L. and Harris, M. and McCormack, D. 2016. Unlocking the potential within: A preliminary study of individual and community outcomes from a university enabling program in rural Australia. Australian Journal of Adult Learning. 56 (1): pp. 69-88.

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Many rural communities have a pool of mature-aged local people seeking a career change or better lifestyle, which inevitably involves reskilling or upskilling. These people have strong local ties and are committed to their community. University enabling programs provide a bridge to higher education. This longitudinal study explores the impact on rural mature-aged people of participation in a university enabling program, in terms of further study and employment outcomes. The benefits of enabling programs extend beyond individuals, to family and friends, and beyond. These broader benefits include an enhanced local skills base in key industry areas, and an increased awareness of the value of higher education within the community. Enabling programs are a powerful but under-valued tool in helping to unlock and harness the potential within rural communities, both in the medium and longer term.

dc.subjectSocial Sciences
dc.subjectEducation & Educational Research
dc.subjecteducational aspirations
dc.subjectenabling program
dc.subjectoutcomes of education
dc.subjectrural education
dc.subjectsocial inclusion
dc.titleUnlocking the potential within: A preliminary study of individual and community outcomes from a university enabling program in rural Australia
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
curtin.departmentSchool of Management
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Business and Law
curtin.contributor.orcidCrawford, Nicole [0000-0003-4031-3709]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridCrawford, Nicole [42261194000]

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