The overarching aim of this project is to explore the experiences of Pasifika students in South-East Queensland (SEQ) during the selection process for their senior subjects in high school in terms of the impact their experience has on their aspirations for tertiary education. Further, it seeks to explore the efficacy of mentoring provided to Pasifika students as they undertake their senior selection process and identify positive commonalities that could lead to improved practice in SEQ schools. Utilising Bourdieu's theory of social capital, this study will focus on students' perceptions of the effectiveness of the senior pathway selection process, including the SET-P process. While several elements lead up to this point, the actual SET meeting between students, their families, and a SET-P mentor is often as short as 20 minutes. Since the SET meeting is the primary opportunity for students and their families to ask questions about senior subject selection and its impact on post-secondary pathways, its efficacy is essential. Pasifika populations in Australia are under-represented at the tertiary level, despite achieving across all secondary year levels. This suggests that a lack of understanding about the pathways required to access tertiary education, rather than a lack of ability, is preventing some Pasifika students from reaching university.
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