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Student retention and progression has exercised the higher education (HE) sector for some time now, and there has been much research into the reasons why students drop out of higher education courses (Allen, 2006; Buglear, 2009). More recently the Higher Education Academy Grants Programme Brieing (HEFCE, 2010) outlined a number of areas that emergent project data revealed as being important to both the retention and progression of students, including areas outlined by a number of researchers as being essential to student success: expectations, support, feedback, and involvement. But there has been less research, particularly within the distance learning sector, into factors that encourage students to stay (O’Brien, 2002). This small scale qualitative project using feminist qualitative research methods and based in the Open University, UK builds upon an intensive institutional research project analyzing what type of interventions make a positive difference to student progression and success. The research revealed insights into factors linked to the expectations, identities, and support of students which proved inluential in terms of their resilience and motivation to remain on course.
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|Copyright Holders:||2012 The Author|
|Keywords:||distance learning; online identity; online student identity; student identity; higher education; student progression; student success|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology|
|Depositing User:||Jacqueline Baxter|
|Date Deposited:||01 Nov 2012 16:45|
|Last Modified:||01 Nov 2012 16:53|
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