ERIC Number: ED316228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Anmerkungen zum Studienabbruch (Some Remarks about Students' Dropout). ZIFF Papiere 73.
This article presents reflections on the high dropout rate at distance education universities in general and at the FernUniversitat in particular. The introduction outlines four reasons why the dropout rate should not be as high as it is. The first chapter--on general aspects--addresses problems of definition of dropout, the astounding differences in dropout rate in various countries, the significance of the dropout rate for the student and the university, and obscurities and absurdities in dropout statistics. The second chapter focuses on the high dropout rate at the FernUniversitat. A catalogue of adverse factors is given, new forms of dropout behavior are discussed, and comparisons are made with distance education institutions abroad. Consequences for research are also discussed. A discussion of possible attitudes toward the high dropout rate at the FernUniversitat is provided in the third chapter. Possible interventions to reduce dropout rate are outlined in the final chapter. Impediments are listed, statistical analyses are interpreted, the dropout research is reviewed, and theory-related long-term multivariate research projects in this area are recommended. Tables and graphs of data are appended. (67 references) (Author/GL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: FernUniversitat, Hagen (West Germany). Zentrales Inst. fur Fernstudienforschung Arbeitsbereich.