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ERIC Number: EJ1055594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-2110
A Qualitative Study of TAFE Students Exiting from TAFE Programs
Buchanan, Catherine; Sharma, Raj
Journal of Institutional Research, v14 n2 p17-29 Nov 2009
Institutional researchers have undertaken many studies of student attrition in the past but mainly focusing on the quantitative dimensions. No doubt it is important for institutions to be aware of their attrition rates and how this may vary by demographic and other variables in order to develop strategies to minimise drop-out rates and thereby reduce downward pressures on income foregone. However, few studies have previously focused on qualitative perceptions of tertiary level students discontinuing their programs (these are individual awards such as Diploma of Building). Collecting detailed qualitative information from students who are exiting their tertiary studies provides the opportunity to obtain valuable information for the purposes of program and student services improvement and a reduction in the incidence of a negative form of student attrition in the future. Accordingly, this article presents the findings of a qualitative research into reasons and associated issues concerning students exiting from Technical and Further Education (TAFE) programs within an inter-sectoral university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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