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Participation, financial support and the marginal student

DAVIES, Peter and MANGAN, Jean and HUGHES, Amanda (2009) Participation, financial support and the marginal student. Higher Education, 58 (2). pp. 193-204. ISSN 0018-1560

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This paper examines differences between the decision-making of marginal and nonmarginal students about participation in higher education (HE). We distinguish between two kinds of marginality: being ‘borderline’ on account of prior achievements in school and being ‘unsure’ after taking prior achievement into account. We identify a significant minority of students in their final year of schooling who are unsure about participation in higher education even though they have prior school achievements typical of entrants to HE. Being ‘unsure’ is found to be unrelated to socioeconomic background, but it is associated with significantly different attitudes towards the potential benefits and risks of participation, different levels of knowledge about financial support that is available and different approaches to information search about participation in HE.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Jean MANGAN
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 11:04
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 11:04
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/440

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