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Another look at the role of age, gender and subject as predictors of academic attainment in Higher Education

Richardson, John T. E. and Woodley, A. (2003). Another look at the role of age, gender and subject as predictors of academic attainment in Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 28(4) pp. 475–493.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0307507032000122305
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Abstract

This study investigated predictors of attainment in students awarded first degrees by institutions of higher education in the UK in 1995-96. Those aged under 21 or between 26 and 50 at graduation were more likely to obtain good degrees (with first-class honours or upper second-class honours), but the pattern of age-related variation was different across different subjects of study. Overall, women were more likely to obtain good degrees than men, but this trend did not occur at all ages or in all subjects. There was also a considerable variation in the proportion of good degrees in different subjects. The contingent nature of these phenomena suggests that they result from variations in teaching and assessment practices as well as from characteristics of the students themselves.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN: 0307-5079
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 1101
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 08:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/1101
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