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ERIC Number: EJ983410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1036-0026
A Qualitative Study of Persistence and Performance: Factors in the Motivation of First Year Tertiary Education Students
Holden, Helen
Education in Rural Australia, v15 n1 p28-40 2005
The dilemma of student motivation at regional university sites needs to be examined to expose peculiarities in regional areas that impact on the future sustainability of tertiary education programs in those areas. The focus of this phenomenographic study was the persistence and performance of 11 first year university students. Interviews with individual participants identified qualitatively distinct categories of persisting and performing behaviours. A sense of shared responsibility between the university and students emerged as integral to ongoing achievement for students, which impacts on completion rates and ultimately the sustainability of regional campuses within their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia