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ERIC Number: EJ830915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Attempting to Predict Withdrawal from Higher Education Using Demographic, Psychological and Educational Measures
Charlton, John P.; Barrow, Corinne; Hornby-Atkinson, Pat
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v11 n1 p31-47 Mar 2006
Demographic, psychological and secondary level examination measures were obtained at the start of undergraduate courses in an attempt to predict first-year higher education (HE) withdrawal. As usual, withdrawal was greatest for males. Overall, intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations were better predictors of withdrawal than extrinsic motivation, lack of direction, and psychological health (anxiety and depression) variables. While 23% of the variance in continuance/withdrawal was explained, only 13% of variance was explained when gender and faculty of study were controlled. It is concluded that prediction of withdrawal is easier once students' behaviours and performance within HE are apparent than it is at the outset of their HE careers. Nevertheless, some suggestions for interventions are made, centering upon the current findings for intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations. (Contains 3 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom