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ERIC Number: EJ912832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Widening Participation through Admissions Policy--A British Case Study of School and University Performance
Hoare, Anthony; Johnston, Ron
Studies in Higher Education, v36 n1 p21-41 Feb 2011
It has been widely claimed that UK students from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds but nevertheless having the potential to benefit from a degree programme are being denied higher education places because of their relatively poor paper qualifications. As a consequence, the claim continues, students from independent schools have an advantage in the competition for such places. Universities have responded to such claims, and incentives from the government to do so, by introducing widening participation programmes, but very little research has been done which explores whether students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are admitted to elite universities perform as well as their counterparts with better entry qualifications. Using a large data set from one university, this article explores performance by students at A-level and their first and final university years. Students from independent schools performed better at A-level than those from state schools, but not at their university examinations, other things being equal. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom