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Face-to-face versus online tuition: preference, performance and pass rates in white and ethnic minority students

Richardson, John T. E. (2012). Face-to-face versus online tuition: preference, performance and pass rates in white and ethnic minority students. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(1) pp. 17–27.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01147.x
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Abstract

Attainment in higher education tends to be poorer in ethnic minority students than in white students. This study examined whether this attainment gap was affected by the introduction of online tuition. Data were obtained from students who had taken courses in either arts or management with the UK Open University and had opted for either face-to-face or online tuition. The arts courses had a higher proportion of white students and lower proportions of Asian and black students than the management courses. Nevertheless, white and ethnic minority students gave similar reasons for choosing face-to-face tuition or online tuition. In the management courses but not in the arts courses, the pass rate was lower in students who had received online tuition than in students who had received face-to-face tuition. Regardless of the discipline or mode of tuition, black students tended to obtain lower marks and lower pass rate than white students, but Asian students did not. It is concluded that online tuition is an appropriate form of student support in both campus-based and distance education but that the attainment gap in ethnic minority students probably does not arise from the nature and quality of their interactions with teachers and other students.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author, 2010 British Journal of Educational Technology, 2010 Becta
ISSN: 1467-8535
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 23816
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 09:46
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 08:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/23816
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