ERIC Number: ED347303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Who Are NEC's Invisible Students? A Report of a Student Profile Survey 1989/90.
A survey of 335 students (33.5% response) enrolled in the National Extension College (NEC) revealed that the proportion of women students increased significantly; two-thirds of NEC students were women. The mean age of NEC students stayed relatively constant. The proportion of employed women was relatively high; the proportion of employed men was lower than expected. A large proportion of male students was retired. NEC students came increasingly from administrative, management, and office occupations. Since 1984, students with low prior educational qualifications increased in proportionate size. The principal reasons for studying with NEC remained unchanged and were traditional reasons for studying by open learning: being able to study in one's own time, at one's own pace, and at home. Women took their most recent course for employment- or career-related reasons, men for personal interest. Among those students preparing for a future career change, women were hoping to become teachers or lecturers; the biggest area of career change for men was to administrative or management jobs. The proportions of men and women who sought financial assistance were identical. Women found fee payment difficult more frequently. Most students studied solely with NEC materials and an appointed tutor. Gender had a significant impact on reasons for lack of progress in a course. Most were studying with NEC for the first time. For three of four students, their current studies were part of a longer-term study plan. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Distance Education, Educational Research, Employed Women, Extension Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Males, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Extension Coll., Cambridge (England).
Identifiers: England; National Extension College (England)