Attempting to predict withdrawal from higher Education using demographic, psychological and educational measures

Charlton, J., Barrow, C. and Hornby-Atkinson, P. (2006) Attempting to predict withdrawal from higher Education using demographic, psychological and educational measures. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11 (1). pp. 31-47. ISSN 17475112 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13596740500507904

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Abstract

Demographic, psychological and secondary level examination measures were obtained at the start of undergraduate courses in an attempt to predict first‐year higher education (HE) withdrawal. As usual, withdrawal was greatest for males. Overall, intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations were better predictors of withdrawal than extrinsic motivation, lack of direction, and psychological health (anxiety and depression) variables. While 23% of the variance in continuance/withdrawal was explained, only 13% of variance was explained when gender and faculty of study were controlled. It is concluded that prediction of withdrawal is easier once students' behaviours and performance within HE are apparent than it is at the outset of their HE careers. Nevertheless, some suggestions for interventions are made, centring upon the current findings for intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult Education, Lifelong Learning
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 13:34
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/23

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