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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Extending Academic Discourse in the University Context: Listening to Student’s other Lives

Dr. Keith Gilbert.

This presentation highlights the sociological phenomena which effects student continuance in universities. It supports the argument that as academics, we know little about the lives of students and of their pathways through university to adulthood and the factors which impact on their successful programs or otherwise.

This paper examines the salient characteristics of cultural significance to students and the issues which effect their continuance in the university context. It reviews their attitudes to work, poverty, government, family, personal interactions, travel, recreation and university life and the ways in which these might inform the quality of their university experience.

It further suggests methods by which academics can learn to understand more of the lives of their students and argues that through increased pressure, lack of time, and other factors academics have been forced to forgo pastoral care responsibilities.


Dr. Keith Gilbert  (Australia)
Director Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Deakin University

Keith is the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

  • University
  • Education
  • Culture

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)