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ERIC Number: ED306940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Pages: 4
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Distance Students in the United Kingdom.
Woodley, Alan
Open Learning, p11-13 Jun 1986
Funded by the Department of Education and Science in 1981, this study was carried out by a team of researchers from a polytechnic institute, a private university, and the Open University. A national sample of about 4,500 mature students who were taking a wide range of courses--from evening classes to full-time higher degrees--completed detailed questionnaires eliciting information on their background and educational experiences. Among those students sampled was a substantial number of distance students who form the subject matter of this paper. In order to discover the extent to which student populations vary, the students were divided into five groups: Open University undergraduates; Open University associate students; National Extension College students; NALGO Correspondence Institute students (a trade union for public sector employees); and private correspondence students. Following the return of the questionnaires, data were analyzed and summarized in 12 tables according to the following variables: age, sex, employment status, current educational qualifications, social class, subject of study, level of course, reason for taking the course, father's social class, qualifications held on leaving school, educational mobility, and social mobility. Results indicated that the student populations were very diverse, and it is suggested that each institution needs to survey its own student population when designing distance courses, rather than relying on findings from elsewhere. (2 references) (CGD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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