Attempting to predict withdrawal from higher education using demographic, psychological and educational measures

Charlton, John P. and Barrow, Corinne and Hornby Atkinson, Pat (2006) Attempting to predict withdrawal from higher education using demographic, psychological and educational measures. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11 (1). pp. 31-47. ISSN 1359-6748

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Abstract

Demographic, psychological and secondary level examination measures were obtained at the start of undergraduate courses in an attempt to predict first year higher education (HE) withdrawal. As usual, withdrawal was greatest for males. Overall, intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations were better predictors of withdrawal than extrinsic motivation, lack of direction, and psychological health (anxiety and depression) variables. While 23% of the variance in continuance/ withdrawal was explained, only 13% of variance was explained when gender and faculty of study were controlled. It is concluded that prediction of withdrawal is easier once students' behaviours and performance within HE are apparent than it is at the outset of their HE careers. Nevertheless, some suggestions for interventions are made, centring upon the current findings for intrinsic motivation and independent study expectations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2006, 11 (1), p.31-47. Research in Post-Compulsory Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1359-6748&volume=11&issue=1&spage=31
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 10:03
Identification Number: 10.1080/13596740500507904
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/358

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