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Exploring the Retention of Students Studying Higher Education at Partner Colleges

Wood, Colin (2012) Exploring the Retention of Students Studying Higher Education at Partner Colleges. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 17 (1). pp. 21-37. ISSN Print 1359-6748 Online 1747-5112

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The study considers the retention of 708 students studying for higher education awards at further education colleges in 2008-2009. The study challenges the relevance of literature on retention at higher education institutions, to students studying at partner colleges. Using data provided on registration and end of year status, the study considers individual factors identified by Yorke & Longden (2008) that relate to withdrawal in the first year of study. The findings of the study suggest that the diversity of students and high degree of variability between courses, means that the institutional habitus (Thomas 2002) of partner colleges is highly contextual. Consequently, the relationship between individual factors and withdrawal is seen as both complex and contextual.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: retention, partner colleges, higher education, further education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Colin Wood
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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