ERIC Number: ED379406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
"Weighing It Up": A Case Study of Discontinuing Access Students. Occasional Papers Series: No. 2.
The Centre for Continuing Education and Stevenson College of Edinburgh University offer an access course to prepare nontraditional adult students for entry into degree courses in the faculties of arts, divinity, law, and social sciences. A qualitative case study examined why students discontinue the access course. Questionnaires were mailed to all 36 students who had enrolled in the course in 1989-90, 1990-91, and the first term of 1991-92 but had withdrawn before completing it. Most of the 14 respondents reported leaving the course for a combination of reasons. Course dissatisfaction was cited as the main reason for withdrawal four times and as an additional reason three times. Financial problems were cited twice as the main reason for withdrawing and seven times as an additional reason. Ill health was mentioned seven times, personal changes/problems were mentioned six times, loss of confidence in abilities and age were each mentioned four times, and pressure of juggling roles was cited three times. Women were more likely to experience excessive outside pressures. Responses regarding available academic facilities and support were mixed. Personal support services were generally not being used effectively, and respondents' attitudes toward staff development and quality of teaching depended largely on their previous educational experiences. (Contains 16 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Case Studies, College Programs, Continuing Education, Dropout Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students, Remedial Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Surveys
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Edinburgh, 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, Scotland, United Kingdom (2 British pounds plus 50 pence postage).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Continuing Education.