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Mature students in higher education: II. An investigation of approaches to studying and academic performance

Richardson, John T. E. (1995). Mature students in higher education: II. An investigation of approaches to studying and academic performance. Studies in Higher Education, 20(1) pp. 5–17.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079512331381760
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Abstract

Mature students are often said to be deficient in study skills, but a recent literature review by Richardson concluded that they tended to exhibit more desirable approaches to learning. Using a shortened form of the Approaches to Studying Inventory, a comparison between 38 mature and 60 non-mature students taking the same course found indeed that the mature students obtained significantly higher scores on meaning orientation, and that they also tended to produce lower scores on reproducing orientation. In addition, in terms of both their persistence and their attainment, the subsequent academic performance of the mature students on their degree courses was at least as good as that of the non-mature students.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0307-5079
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 49820
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49820
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