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ERIC Number: EJ1130669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1755-1382
An Evaluation of the First Year Experience from the Mature Students' Perspective: A Multi-Institutional Comparison
Chapman, Amanda; Parmar, Deeba; Trotter, Eileen
Practitioner Research in Higher Education, v1 n1 p15-19 2007
This study investigates the experiences of mature students across three higher education institutions in the UK. The issues arising are of relevance to academics who are involved in widening participation and in evaluating support in their own programmes for the diversity of students. The sample includes mature students from programmes in Health, where mature students form a majority, and in Business, where mature students formed a minority. Focus groups were used to gain access to student perspectives on expectations, motivations, sacrifices, transitions, induction, programmes and assessment. The findings include misleading information that did not acknowledge the particular concerns and needs of mature students, induction processes that were not experienced as inclusive by mature students, and varying experiences of support but overall the institutional context was significant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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