The academic engagement of white and ethnic minority students in distance education

Richardson, John T. E. (2011). The academic engagement of white and ethnic minority students in distance education. Educational Psychology, 31 pp. 123–139.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01443410.2010.519471

Abstract

At UK institutions of higher education, the academic attainment of White students tends to be higher than that of students from other ethnic groups. A postal survey of Open University students found very little difference in academic engagement in those from different ethnic groups. The differences in pass rates and course grades remained statistically significant even when any effects of differences in academic engagement had been controlled. This is consistent with previous findings that quantitative variations in the attainment of students from different ethnic groups are not reflected in concomitant qualitative variations in their experience of higher education. The explanation for the attainment gap in ethnic minority students must be sought elsewhere than in the nature of their experience of higher education.

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