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Aims:

This study aims to examine the links between cultural identity and gender among Indigenous males to better understand:

  • the higher education aspirations of secondary-school age Indigenous males; and
  • the critical success factors and influences that have supported Indigenous males (of any age) to thrive and achieve in higher education.
Objectives:
  1. To build an evidence-base about the further education aspirations of young Indigenous males to better inform the development and implementation of outreach and enabling programs involving young Indigenous males
  2. To identify and celebrate the critical success factors (influencers) among current/recent Indigenous male higher education students and alumni to better inform the development and implementation of strategies to attract and retain the engagement of young Indigenous males.
  3. To identify the intersections between cultural identity and masculinities among young Indigenous males with respect to their aspirations to pursue, and participation and achievement in, higher education.
  4. To identify strategies that can be used by Indigenous student services staff and equity practitioners in higher education settings across Australia to increase the higher education participation and completion rates of Indigenous males.
Summary:

Indigenous Australians face multiple challenges when striving to participate and achieve in higher education. In this project, we aim to examine the intersection between Indigeneity and gender among Indigenous males that are:

  • aspiring to pursue higher education (aged 14-18)
  • participating in, or recently completed, higher education (any age).

From this, we will identify policy and practice levers to improve Indigenous men’s participation in higher education in Australia.

Implications for policy and practice

This research will identify and celebrate the critical success factors (influences) among current/recent Indigenous male higher education students and alumni (of any age) to better inform the development and implementation of strategies to attract and retain the engagement of Indigenous males in university. This will help to develop strategies that can be used by Indigenous student services staff and equity practitioners in higher education settings across Australia to increase the higher education participation and completion rates of Indigenous males.

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Project Dates:
  • November 2019 - June 2020