An evaluation of the first year experience from the mature students' perspective; a multi-institutional comparison

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Chapman, A., Parmar, D. and Trotter, E. 2007. An evaluation of the first year experience from the mature students' perspective; a multi-institutional comparison. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 1 (1), pp. 15-19.
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TitleAn evaluation of the first year experience from the mature students' perspective; a multi-institutional comparison
AuthorsChapman, A., Parmar, D. and Trotter, E.
Abstract

This study investigates the experiences of mature students across three higher education institutions in the UK. The issues arising are of relevance to academics who are involved in widening participation and in evaluating support in their own
programmes for the diversity of students. The sample includes mature students from programmes in Health, where mature students form a majority, and in Business, where mature students formed a minority. Focus groups were used
to gain access to student perspectives on expectations, motivations, sacrifices, transitions, induction, programmes and assessment. The findings include misleading information that did not acknowledge the particular concerns and
needs of mature students, induction processes that were not experienced as inclusive by mature students, and varying experiences of support but overall the institutional context was significant.

KeywordsMature students, First Year Experience
Research GroupWork and Learning Research Centre
PublisherUniversity of Cumbria
JournalPractitioner Research in Higher Education
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Deposited21 May 2013
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