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ERIC Number: ED246767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Perceptions and Choice of Higher Education: A National Study. AIR 1984 Annual Forum Paper.
Calvert, John R.; Fish, Gerald
Perceptions of United Kingdom students concerning higher education, student choices of individual programs and institutions, and sources of information were studied in 1982, based on a national survey of over 1,500 student applicants to institutions of higher education, from 50 schools, and backed up by interviews with over 500 of those sampled. Six attributes of the sample were studied: geographic area, sex, school type, choice of subjects, career aspiration, and expected performance. Fifty-seven percent of the sample were studying all science or a majority of science subjects, compared with 43 percent studying arts or a majority of arts. The most popular career aspiration was engineering and technology, closely followed by business and social studies, medicine, sciences, and education. Students were also asked to indicate their expected grades; 67 percent of the sample responded. Forty-six percent of the students decided before age 15 to attend higher education, while 31 percent did not decide until they were over age 17. Among the 11 factors cited as important influences for college attendance were academic interest, personal satisfaction, and the need for college for the chosen career. Actual choices of institutions and programs, and specifically perceptions of one institution (Loughborough University of Technology), were also assessed. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (24th, Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 1984).