ERIC Number: EJ1089514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
How Do Different Types of Schools Prepare Students for Life at Cambridge?
Perez-Adamson, Clara; Mercer, Neil
Cambridge Journal of Education, v46 n1 p19-35 2016
Twenty students from different educational backgrounds within the UK were interviewed to investigate how well they considered their secondary school education had prepared them for the educational and social demands of an "elite" university and life within its most traditional colleges. The study asked them how they perceived students from different educational backgrounds and how they thought they were perceived. Entering a traditional Cambridge college was found to be easiest for students from prestigious "public schools" within the private educational sector. State school students were more likely to experience anxiety, and those who adapted successfully were likely to have strong independent learning skills and a robust sense of self-efficacy. The study suggests that students coming from state schools to Cambridge are making a more difficult academic and social transition than students from private schools, for which they are given no special support.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Private Colleges, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Educational Background, College Preparation, Student Adjustment, Anxiety, Independent Study, Coping, Self Efficacy, Cultural Capital, Socialization, Stereotypes, Public Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Cambridge)
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