ERIC Number: ED450653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Summer Schools: Evaluation of the Scheme in 2000. Report.
Mason, Keith; Pye, David
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the operation of the Higher Education Summer Schools scheme in England, part of the Excellence in Cities initiative focusing on year 11 and 12 students. Data come from a study of the operation of the scheme in a selected sample of 16 higher education institutions through interviews of personnel and students and questionnaires completed by 779 students from a further 19 higher education institutions. The specific objective of the summer schools program is to encourage the participation of students with high ability and good achievement, who might not otherwise consider higher education, to apply to colleges or to consider a wider range of institutions and subjects. Most of the summer schools were held in July to avoid conflict with the national examinations schedule. Courses included a combination of components, including degree-type teaching approaches and career awareness sessions. Summer schools provided a wide range of subjects. Staff perceived students to be of high ability, although there were some concerns that the students participating were not all from the targeted group. Students responded favorably to the program, although some thought that the days were too long or the programs too intensive. Student questionnaire responses showed that students increased their appreciation of the benefits of higher education, and that the program has a greater impact on year 11 than on year 12 students. Recommendations are made for the improvement of the program. Appendixes list the institutions studied in both"strands" of the evaluation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, College Preparation, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Summer Schools, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.; National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)