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ERIC Number: EJ830934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
From College to University: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards
Christie, Hazel; Cree, Viviene E.; Hounsell, Jenny; McCune, Velda; Tett, Lyn
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v11 n3 p351-365 Oct 2006
This paper reports on the first phase of a study of the experiences of a small group of students (35) that have entered an "elite" Scottish university directly from Further Education (FE) colleges where they have studied Higher National Certificate and Diploma courses. Students' experiences were gathered through in-depth interviews and a standardised questionnaire on entry to the university. Students typically reported positive experiences of their previous courses, with good support from staff. A key concern was balancing study and other commitments, with support from families particularly important. Despite these concerns, the students' responses to questionnaire items on their approaches to learning in FE were similar to the patterns of responses reported by successful Higher Education (HE) students in other studies. The students' hopes and fears about HE encompassed both a sense of excitement about this stage as well as considerable anxiety at leaving the highly supportive FE environment. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)