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ERIC Number: EJ748370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
False Uniqueness: The Self-Perception of New Entrants to Higher Education in the UK and Its Implications for Access--A Pilot Study
Thorpe, Andy; Snell, Martin; Hoskins, Sherria; Bryant, Janet
Higher Education Quarterly, v61 n1 p3-22 Jan 2007
A central tenet of contemporary education policy relates to the desire to extend higher education (HE) provision to less advantaged groups ("widening participation"). Our paper contends that a key behavioural obstacle to widening participation lies in the erroneous belief that persists among potential entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds as to their capabilities of succeeding within the HE environment--a perception that serves to deflate application/recruitment rates from such groupings. We test this "false uniqueness" thesis using a sample of 127 new UK undergraduates, finding that students drawn from lower social class backgrounds consistently underestimated their abilities vis-a-vis the overall cohort.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom