ERIC Number: ED465898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Student Retention and Achievement: What Do We Know and What Do We Need To Find out? LSDA Reports.
The research on student retention and achievement in England and elsewhere was reviewed to determine what is already known on the topic and what other information needs to be obtained through research studies. The review established that most of research that has been conducted on the topic in England has been undertaken within the college part of the learning and skills sector. The topics that have been researched most frequently to date are as follows: the causes of student withdrawal; causes that can be influenced or controlled by colleges; the biggest influences on student completion and withdrawal; and areas where colleges should concentrate their energies to make improvements. The review revealed a need for additional research on retention and achievement issues within the following populations: adult learners who enroll on courses in the adult and community learning sector; learners who are accessing Learning and Skills Council-funded programs in work-based learning; and learners in sixth form colleges. Other topics identified as requiring additional study are as follows: (1) whether existing retention and achievement findings are equally valid for all types of providers, learners, and qualifications; (2) characteristics of effective and ineffective providers; and (3) the role of learner support processes in provider effectiveness. (Contains 64 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Colleges, Dropout Research, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Literature Reviews, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Utilization, School Holding Power, State of the Art Reviews, Student Personnel Services
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom, England (Reference no. A1195). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/A1195.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)