Becoming a mature student: how adult applicants weigh the advantages and disadvantages of higher education

Osborne, M. , Marks, A. and Turner, E. (2004) Becoming a mature student: how adult applicants weigh the advantages and disadvantages of higher education. Higher Education, 48(3), pp. 291-315. (doi: 10.1023/B:HIGH.0000035541.40952.ab)

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Abstract

The data presented in this paper is taken from the results of two much larger studies of mature student decision-making and Higher Education (HE), which consider processes of agency from initial consideration of the possibility of becoming a student to eventually becoming one. In this paper, six categories of applicant to HE are discussed:

  • `Delayed traditional students',
  • `Late starters' who have undergone a life-transforming event e.g. redundancy or divorce and require `a new start'
  • `Single parents',
  • `Careerists', who are currently in employment who seek a qualification to make progress in their existing careers,
  • `Escapees' who are currently in employment who want a qualification as a way out of `dead-end' jobs,
  • Finally, the `personal growers', a small number pursuing education for its own sake

These categories of applicants are discussed inlight of the factors that both catalyse andinhibit individuals' decision-making duringapplication to HE.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Osborne, Professor Michael
Authors: Osborne, M., Marks, A., and Turner, E.
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Higher Education
ISSN:0018-1560
ISSN (Online):1573-174X

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