AbstractThe purpose of this research is to examine the Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) as it operates at the Centre for Aboriginal and Islander Studies (CAIS) at the Northern Territory University. The study is conducted in a naturalistic educational setting and the emphasis is on understanding the phenomenon under study from the perspective of those being studied and to present a comprehensive description of the operation and outcomes of AT AS.
The methodology chosen for the study is ethnography. In addition to the observations, data is collected by structured interviews with key individuals, a survey of students, a review of available documentation and an analysis of available statistics. The researcher is a participant/observer.
For a number of reasons the data collected for this study needs cautious analysis and interpretation. However, there are indications to suggest that regular use of an AT AS tutor is connected to an enhancement of the confidence of participating students. Improvements in attendance patterns, retention rates and the quality of academic work are also related phenomenon.
A number of recommendations are directed to the three groups involved in the operation of ATAS. However, the findings and the recommendations are situation specific and it cannot be assumed that they are transferable to other situations.
|Date of Award||1992|
|Supervisor||Allan Arnott (Supervisor)|