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Alternative pathways into higher education open access annotated bibliography: enabling, foundation, access & bridging education

Higher education Educational transition

This open access annotated bibliography has been curated by a collective of scholars who share an interest in enabling education as a form of alternative entry into higher education studies (often referred to as ‘tertiary preparation’, ‘foundation studies’, ‘bridging programs’ and ‘university preparation’ programs). This annotated bibliography primarily has an Australian focus, although we have also included relevant literature written from other international contexts, such as New Zealand and the UK. This bibliography offers a snapshot of some of the available literature that relates to the following areas of scholarly and practitioner interest:

  • Enabling education
  • Alternative pathways
  • Academic literacies
  • Attrition
  • Equity
  • Pathways
  • Retention
  • Social justice
  • Student experience
  • Teaching and learning
  • Widening participation

These resources are intended to be shared with the international community of researchers, students, educators and practitioners who work with, or are interested in issues relating to equity, widening participation and recognitive/ alternative pathways into university study for people who are traditionally under-represented in higher education and/ or are educationally disadvantaged.


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