ERIC Number: ED175335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Education at the Postgraduate Level. A Study of the 1977 Candidates in the MS (pass) History Programme at U.N.S.W., including Reference to a Similar Group at Macquaire University. TERC Research and Development Paper No. 51.
In a study of masters program course work, questionnaires were sent to masters degree candidates in history at the University of New South Wales and at Macquaire University. Responses from 45 students were analyzed to determine who was attracted to the program and why, the expectations of the students, the organization of the program, and the commitment of the students. General characteristics of the students were identified in terms of occupation, sex, geographic location, and qualifications. The motives and expectations examined included: reasons for undertaking the program; the importance of personal, professional, and vocational development; academic aspirations; and the attractions of a coursework program. Causes and some solutions to attrition were assessed. The study concluded that the courses offer (1) flexibility, (2) topics not available to undergraduates, (3) limited commitment (without a thesis), and (4) relevance. Sample questionnaire forms are appended. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). Tertiary Education Research Centre.