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ERIC Number: EJ787637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
"But No One in My Family Has Been to University." Aiming Higher: School Students' Attitudes to Higher Education
Maras, Pam
Australian Educational Researcher, v34 n3 p69-90 Dec 2007
In this paper, we present findings from the second stage of a three year longitudinal study involving 3,570 students aged 13-18 in a London Borough looking at the impact of Widening Participation (WP) on the attitudes of students. We outline findings from a previous stage and then focus specifically on two cohorts of Year 10 students (aged 14-15) in two consecutive years. The students completed the specially designed Attitudes to Higher Education Questionnaire (AHEQ) and provided information on WP activities in which they had participated. Data on the students' academic attainment and social backgrounds were also included. There were significant sex and cohort differences and interactions which were found to be related to WP activities specifically aimed at increasing the participation of socially disadvantaged students in higher education. The implications of findings are discussed in relation to theories of social identity and self concept and the implementation of strategies to increase participation in Higher Education. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)