ERIC Number: EJ850600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Supporting Mature-Aged Students from a Low Socioeconomic Background
Tones, Megan; Fraser, Jenny; Elder, Ruth; White, Katherine M.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v58 n4 p505-529 Oct 2009
The aim of the current study was to examine mature-aged student perceptions of university support services and barriers to study. Using a mixed methods approach, interviews and focus groups were conducted with mature-aged students to identify barriers to study, knowledge and use of current student support services, and suggestions to improve upon these services. From these data and an audit of university support services, an online survey was created to examine study barriers and patterns of support service use, as well as, perceptions of proposed support services not currently offered by the university within a larger sample of mature-aged students. Analysis of survey data indicated distinct patterns of barriers and support service use according to socioeconomic status as well as other demographic factors such as, age and enrolment status. Study findings are discussed in terms of generating support services for the retention of mature-aged students of low socioeconomic status and for the retention of mature-aged students in general.
Descriptors: College Students, Older Adults, Adult Students, Socioeconomic Status, Low Income Groups, Student Attitudes, Barriers, Student Personnel Services, School Holding Power, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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