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ERIC Number: ED557389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Exploring Opportunities to Boost Adult Students' Graduation--The Reasons behind the Delays and Drop-Outs of Graduation
Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, Päivi; Bäck, Asta
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) (11th, Porto, Portugal, Oct 25-27, 2014)
Drop-outs and delays of graduation is currently a huge problem in adult education. The main reason for the drop-outs and delays is usually stated to be the difficulty of combining studies with family and work. This study was based on interviews where students studying in the bachelor's or master's degree programme were interviewed to find out the main reasons for delays and drop-outs, and to ideate and evaluate various ways of supporting students. There were two main types of reasons for delays and drop-outs: reasons relating to difficulties in combining personal and working life with studies, and problems related to the institution, e.g. challenges related to the theses, teaching methods, and lack of guidance counselling. According to the study, there are several opportunities to boost students' graduation: a named personal guidance counsellor during the studies and for the thesis, regular follow up of studies, individual learning paths counselled by a guidance counsellor, prior competence recognition, flexible methods to study for example by offering E-learning courses. [This work was carried out in the Adult Education and Corporation Staff Training project as part of DIGILE's Digital Services Program. For the complete proceedings, see ED557311.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland