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Predicting persistence at university from information obtained at intake

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posted on 1984-02-01, 00:00 authored by Liz de Rome, T Lewin
This study is part of an ongoing project investigating the first stage of the process of student transition to university. The aim of this study was to determine whether information about student approaches to making their course choices could have been used to identify those who subsequently changed or withdrew from their courses. Retrospective studies of discontinuing students have frequently identified factors based on such information as being associated with withdrawal, however there have been few attempts to use such factors in predictive studies. Multivariate analysis indicated that combinations of the information obtained could discriminate between students who persisted and those who withdrew from their studies. As the proportions of variance accounted for by these combinations were small, it was concluded that the information had value in describing types of conditions under which students were likely to be at risk, rather than in making predictions about individual students. The methodology should be of interest to other researchers as it demonstrates ways in which multivariate strategies may be applied to survey data, in this instance to identify stereotypes of students likely to behave in particular ways with regard to their enrolment. © 1984 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.

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Journal

Higher Education

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pagination

49 - 66

ISSN

0018-1560

eISSN

1573-174X

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CN.1 Other journal article

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