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ERIC Number: EJ876467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Some Features of a Part-Time Degree Programme in Psychology: Further Support for the Provision of a Foundation Year
Harrop, Alex; Tattersall, Andy; Cairns, Jennie
Psychology Teaching Review, v12 n1 p16-28 2006
A part-time degree programme has been run at the Liverpool John Moores University, formerly Liverpool Polytechnic, for some 20 years without any systematic attempt to evaluate its effects on students. An evaluation was begun by focusing on graduates of the programme who entered between 1992 and 1994 and continued with recent part-time students. During the academic year 2001-2002 there were 85 such students and information on the characteristics of the group was readily available from university records. A semi-structured interview with an opportunity sample of 12 part-time students was followed by the administration of a questionnaire that was answered by 57 of the students. The results are discussed in terms of group characteristics, pre-course concerns, the programme itself and future intentions of the students. In particular, the reasons given for withdrawal when combined with the high withdrawal rate in the first year leads to the recommendation that part-time study should commence with a foundation year. (Contains 6 tables.)
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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 (Liverpool)