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ERIC Number: EJ915362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Barriers to Learning for Mature Students Studying HE in an FE College
Burton, Karen; Lloyd, Mary Golding; Griffiths, Colin
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v35 n1 p25-36 Feb 2011
The aim of this study was to investigate whether recognised barriers to learning still exist for mature adult learners in a higher education (HE) centre within a further education (FE) college. Eighty-four students who attend the further education college were asked to complete a questionnaire and participate in follow-up semi-structured interviews. The results identified that the impact of potential barriers is minimised by the approach adopted in the HE centre of the FE college in this study. The traditional barriers of accessibility of the institution, finance and family commitments did not seem to be an issue for these students. Contact with students early in the process seems to allay many of the fears about returning to study, particularly at HE level. This initial contact forms the basis of the support mechanisms that are laid down for each student throughout the course of their choice. This approach is a model designed for the particular FE institution described in this study. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom