NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ748370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISBN: N/A
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.
Blackwell Publishing. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148. Tel: 800-835-6770; Tel: 781-388-8599; Fax: 781-388-8232; e-mail: customerservices@blackwellpublishing.com; Web site: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/jnl_default.asp
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