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ERIC Number: EJ764494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Catching the Early Walker: An Examination of Potential Antecedents of Rapid Student Exit from Business-Related Undergraduate Degree Programmes in a Post-1992 University
Bennett, Roger; Kottasz, Rita; Nocciolino, Julia
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v31 n2 p109-132 May 2007
Outputs from a computerised touch pad turnstile security system that recorded business students' entries into and exits from a university's buildings revealed that a significant number of the institution's first-year intake withdrew from their (business) degree programmes within a few weeks of enrolment. Accordingly, a sample of these "early walkers" was contacted and interviewed to ascertain why they had dropped out. The outcomes to the interviews were compared against the predictions of a model of early walking behaviour developed on the basis of pre-existing literature in the (general rather than short-term) student withdrawal field. A questionnaire was then drafted and administered to all beginning domestic first-year undergraduate students in the university's business studies department in order to establish the characteristics of the students who were most likely to quit their courses shortly after starting a degree. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 5 notes.)
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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