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The motivations and outcomes of studying for part-time mature students in higher education

Swain, Jon and Hammond, Cathie (2011) 'The motivations and outcomes of studying for part-time mature students in higher education.' International Journal of Lifelong Education, 30 (5). pp. 591-612. ISSN 1464-519X

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Abstract

This paper examines the motivations and outcomes for mature students who study part-time in higher education (HE) in the UK. Although many students in HE are mature part-time learners, they have not been the specific focus of much research or policy interest. In-depth narrative interviews were carried out with 18 graduates who had studied part-time at a university college specialising in part-time provision. The sample was drawn from a quantitative survey of 1539 graduates concerning their motivations for studying and the benefits derived. Researchers could therefore choose respondents on the basis of previously reported outcomes of study and on other life course information, which was included in the survey. The paper reports a wide range of motivations and outcomes, which are regarded as forms of capital, and illustrates how studying part-time as a mature student can have a profound effect on people’s lives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 13:20
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 13:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7987

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