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Understanding the Under-Attainment of Ethnic Minority Students in UK Higher Education: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns

Richardson, John T. E. (2018). Understanding the Under-Attainment of Ethnic Minority Students in UK Higher Education: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns. In: Arday, Jason and Mirza, Heidi Safia eds. Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 87–102.

URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319602608
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60261-5_5
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Abstract

In UK higher education, differences in academic attainment between White students and ethnic minority students are ubiquitous and have persisted for many years. For instance, it has been known for more than 20 years that the academic attainment of ethnic minority students at the first-degree level is poorer than that of White students. Roughly half of the disparity in attainment between White students and non-White students is attributable to differences in their entry qualifications. Nevertheless, the academic attainment of ethnic minority students remains poorer than that of White students even when the effects of their entry qualifications and other variables have been statistically controlled. An explanation put forward by Ogbu (1978, 1983, 1987) based upon the experiences of people from different ethnic minorities in the US does not fit the UK situation. Any differences in the experience of higher education between White and ethnic minority students are not sufficiently large to explain the dramatic differences in their academic attainment. Researchers have yet to identify the factors that are responsible for the ethnic differences in attainment that remain when differences in entry qualifications have been taken into account.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The editors and authors
ISBN: 3-319-60260-8, 978-3-319-60260-8
Extra Information: e-isbn: 978-3-319-60261-5
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)
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Item ID: 56482
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 08:07
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56482
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