The role of ethnicity in the attainment and experiences of graduates in distance education
- John T. E. Richardson
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In the UK, the attainment of White graduates (as measured by the class of honours that they have been awarded) tends to be higher than that of graduates from other ethnic groups. This is apparent, in particular, in graduates who have taken courses by distance learning with the Open University. Analysis of data from Open University graduates over three successive years yielded no evidence that the latter trend could be attributed to confounded demographic variables. A postal survey found little variation in perceptions of academic quality or reports of personal development among Open University graduates from different ethnic groups. Quantitative variations in the attainment of graduates from different ethnic groups are not necessarily reflected in qualitative variations in their experience of distance education.
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Volume 58, Issue 3 , pp 321-338
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- Academic attainment
- Course Experience Questionnaire
- Degree classification
- Distance education
- Personal development
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- 1. Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK