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    Ethnic Minorities in Australian Universities

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    A 6 page research paper that offers a proposed research study to investigate the question of why there is a lack of ethnic minority students in Australian universities. The writer summarizes relevant research, proposes an outline for the study and offer an annotated bibliography. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    however, Pascoe (1999) writes an informative article concerning Australian universities student selection and recruitment. According to Pascoe, traditionally, Australian institutions of higher education have been reluctant to pursue innovative methods  regarding recruitment of ethnic minorities, or any specific demographic group for that matter (1999). However, the development of a national market in higher education is changing that profile, promoting a  shift to the "open access universities (Pascoe, 1999). As per the students instructions, this writer also investigated the theories of Pierre Bourdieu relative to minority  education. Blackledge (2001) points out that the concept of "cultural capital," which was developed by Bourdieu in the 1970s, provides a useful framework for comprehending relations of power between homes  and schools within minority language settings (p. 345). According to Bourdieu, schools tend to access the social and cultural resources of society in an unequal manner. Schools employ "particular  linguistic structures, authority patterns and learning models," which many children from ethnic minorities find to be unfamiliar (Blackledge, 2001, p. 345). Children from mainstream culture, on the other hand, are  already familiar with these forms, which gives them a decided advantage. In other words, the culture of the school is a direct derivative of the dominant culture. This may serve  to place limitations on the educational opportunities of children from any non-dominant groups (Blackledge, 2001). Bullivant (1984) substantiates this stance, pointing out that "...education systems...could well be controlled unwittingly  by a kind of educational hegemony legitimated by a meta-ideology and reconstructionist philosophy" (p. 110). This suggests that while overt prejudice is not at work, the differences inherent in culture  and language may be a contributing factor to the problem of low enrollment at the university level by ethnic minority students. Smolicz (1990) discusses the diverse 

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