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ERIC Number: ED502587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Affecting Applications to Oxford and Cambridge--Repeat Survey. Executive Summary with Statistics
Ridley, Kate; White, Kerensa; Styles, Ben; Morrison, Jo
National Foundation for Educational Research
This research follows up a study conducted in 1998 by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to investigate teachers' and students' views on the factors affecting students' choices of whether or not to apply to Oxford and Cambridge universities. It identifies what has changed since 1998 and areas in which the universities could seek to bring about further change. The methodology for the study was designed to follow that used in the 1998 study, in order to maximise the degree of comparability between the two studies. The purpose of the 2004 survey was to follow up the 1998 study with the same sample of 654 maintained schools, in order to see how attitudes may have changed over the six-year period. The study comprised a questionnaire to schools, intended for the member of staff responsible for university entrance, as well as five questionnaires to be given to a selection of high-achieving students in the last year of their advanced level studies. The questionnaires asked respondents to comment on sources of information about Oxford and Cambridge, application and admission procedures of the two universities, perceptions about Oxford and Cambridge, and reasons for applying or not applying to Oxford or Cambridge. The teachers were also asked to comment on the success, or lack of success, of their students when applying to Oxford and Cambridge. Overall, findings of the 2004 study were very similar to those from the 1998 study. However, the pattern of findings suggests that since the 1998 study was carried out, there has been a subtle change in the way that Oxford and Cambridge are perceived. This relates to an increased emphasis on the academic requirements and provision of the universities, and a reduced concern about social factors and issues surrounding state school students. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)