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The role of ethnicity in the attainment and experiences of graduates in distance education

Richardson, John T. E. (2009). The role of ethnicity in the attainment and experiences of graduates in distance education. Higher Education, 58(3) pp. 321–338.

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In the UK, the attainment of White graduates (as measured by the class of honours that they have been awarded) tends to be higher than that of graduates from other ethnic groups. This is apparent, in particular, in graduates who have taken courses by distance learning with the Open University. Analysis of data from Open University graduates over three successive years yielded no evidence that the latter trend could be attributed to confounded demographic variables. A postal survey found little variation in perceptions of academic quality or reports of personal development among Open University graduates from different ethnic groups. Quantitative variations in the attainment of graduates from different ethnic groups are not necessarily reflected in qualitative variations in their experience of distance education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Springer
ISSN: 0018-1560
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 12916
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009 06:08
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 21:38
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