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Academic Plate Spinning: the Difficulties of Balancing Full Time Degree Study With a Part-Time Job

Richardson, Mark and Evans, Carl and Gbadamosi, Gbolahan (2013) Academic Plate Spinning: the Difficulties of Balancing Full Time Degree Study With a Part-Time Job. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (8). ISSN 2024-8032

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Abstract

The study examined full-time students engaged in part-time work during term time. A qualitative approach was used to examine how students cope with simultaneously managing the two activities, and how part-time working affects their academic study. Semi-structured interviews were used to obtain data from a sample of 30 undergraduate business students. The findings confirm that students merely satisfice many aspects of their lives, with reading time and assignment preparation being key areas that suffer in order to allow students to engage with part-time work. Possible options available to HEIs to adapt to, and remedy, the situation are explored.

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: full-time study, part-time work, students’ perception, higher education, academic performance, teaching, learning, Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 09:47
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 12:14
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2949

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