ERIC Number: ED370483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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The Career Paths of Part-Time Degree Students.
Blaxter, Loraine; Tight, Malcolm
A study was done of the career paths of part-time students in higher education in the West Midlands (England). The study involved questionnaire and interview surveys of students in two substantial part-time degree programs, one at Warwick University offering courses in historical studies, literary and cultural studies, and social studies; and the other at Coventry University offering business administration courses. A total of 192 Warwick students and 116 Coventry students completed a questionnaire. In addition, 18 students at each institution were interviewed in more detail. There were significant differences in characteristics of the two groups. Seventy-six percent of Warwick students were women and the average age was 44 while 54 percent of Coventry students were women and the average age was 32. Analysis looked at: prior educational paths, current career paths, and student reasons for educational participation. The results suggested the following conclusions: (1) that students are using part-time degree programs as part of many and varied career paths; and (2) that most career paths do not fit well with the government's declared aims for higher education: employment training and wealth creation. Many students appear to be studying for employment development though it was possible in only a minority of cases to identify a clear link between course work and actual or probable advancement at work. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Conference (Brighton, England, December 14-16, 1993).