'I cannot study far from home': Non-traditional learners' participation in degree education

Elliot, D.L. and Brna, P. (2009) 'I cannot study far from home': Non-traditional learners' participation in degree education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 33(2), pp. 105-118. (doi:10.1080/03098770902856645)

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This study explores the demand amongst potential higher education (HE) learners from the non‐traditional group for flexible degree level provision, key factors influencing their decision to pursue a degree and existing degree provision. The research entailed a combination of a questionnaire survey, focus group discussions and interviews with the relevant stakeholders in Fife, Scotland. There is evidence for the existence of a demand for local degree provision in Fife: 22% would certainly want to pursue a degree locally and another 31% who originally did not intend to pursue a degree would reconsider it if there were suitable local provision. An increasing demand for degree provision in Fife is also evident and requires addressing. Although there are now three models of college/HE partnerships available within the area, the types of partnerships which can cater more for the need of non‐traditional learners are still very limited. It is also argued that flexible and local learning provision is merely a starting point and that practical and academic support to ensure successful completion of learners' studies is even more crucial.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliot, Dr Dely and Brna, Prof Paul
Authors: Elliot, D.L., and Brna, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > UGIEC / SCRE
Journal Name:Journal of Further and Higher Education
ISSN (Online):1469-9486
Published Online:13 May 2009

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