The part-time student's experience 1996-2007: An issue of identity and marginalisation?

Williams, James J. and Kane, David (2010) The part-time student's experience 1996-2007: An issue of identity and marginalisation? Tertiary Education and Management, 16 (3). pp. 183-209. ISSN 13583883 (ISSN)

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Part-time study is one of the foci of the widening participation agenda in the UK. The experiences of part-time students, however, have received remarkably little attention from scholars, especially in a comparative context. This paper explores existing historical data going back over a decade to identify the main themes of part-time experience at a number of UK higher education institutions and how it compares and contrasts with the full-time experience. The surveys use the Student Satisfaction Approach. The main themes emerging from institutional survey data over time are the work/family/study balance, assessment and feedback, access to learning and catering resources, and students' financial situation. There is sometimes a question of identity, but unlike many studies of part-time student experience, which focus on aspects of disadvantage, social, and cultural capital, the data for this paper indicate that many part-time students have a sense of themselves as being ignored or at worst marginalised in contemporary higher education. © 2010 European Higher Education Society.

Item Type: Article
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Date: 23 August 2010
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA23: Education
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 14:10
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 09:42

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