ERIC Number: EJ1131020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Higher Fees on Psychology Students' Reasons for Attending University
Kaye, Linda K.; Bates, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v41 n3 p379-392 2017
The introduction of the new UK tuition fees resulted in concerns about the impact on higher education (HE) uptake, and raised questions regarding students' motivations for attending university. The current study explored first-year undergraduate psychology students' (N = 56) reasons for attending HE through a series of focus groups. These were undertaken both before (n = 21) and after (n = 35) the rise in fees, providing a pre-post comparison of potential changes. Results from the pre-fee rise sample showed that general reasons for attending HE reflected wider, contextual factors, drawing on socio-cultural influences. However, the post-fee rise data suggested that HE uptake was largely motivated more by career opportunities associated with degree-level education. Similarly, reasons for choosing psychology-based courses was related to vocational interest, suggesting strategic decision-making processes of students embarking on HE. The findings present new evidence of the role of financial investment in HE on general and course-specific motivation. Implications of the findings are discussed, with particular reference to the development of relevant employability initiatives within HE curricula.
Descriptors: Psychology, Fees, Paying for College, College Freshmen, Focus Groups, Student Educational Objectives, Pretests Posttests, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Academic Aspiration, Employment Potential, Majors (Students), School Safety, School Location, Cultural Influences, Family Influence, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom