Supporting mature-aged students from a low socioeconomic background

Tones, Megan J., Fraser, Jennifer, Elder, Ruth L., & White, Katherine M. (2009) Supporting mature-aged students from a low socioeconomic background. Higher Education, 58(4), pp. 505-529.

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The aim of the current study was to examine mature-aged student perceptions of university support services and barriers to study. Using a mixed methods approach, interviews and focus groups were conducted with mature-aged students to identify barriers to study, knowledge and use of current student support services, and suggestions to improve upon these services. From these data and an audit of university support services, an online survey was created to examine study barriers and patterns of support service use, as well as, perceptions of proposed support services not currently offered by the university within a larger sample of mature-aged students. Analysis of survey data indicated distinct patterns of barriers and support service use according to socioeconomic status as well as other demographic factors such as, age and enrolment status. Study findings are discussed in terms of generating support services for the retention of mature-aged students of low socioeconomic status and for the retention of mature-aged students in general.

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ID Code: 27765
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Low socioeconomic status, Mature-aged students, Non traditional students, Study barriers, Student support services, Student markerting, Family, Employers, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s10734-009-9208-y
ISSN: 0018-1560
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Education Systems not elsewhere classified (130199)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer.
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2009 04:27
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:42

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