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Who graduates from Irish distance university education?

Delaney, Lorraine orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2422-903X (2015) Who graduates from Irish distance university education? European journal of open, distance and E-Learning, 18 (1). ISSN 1027-5207

This paper outlines results from an online survey of recent distance graduates. The study, based in Dublin City University (DCU) addresses a gap in the research on this cohort of graduates. Findings indicate that distance graduates are primarily from lower socio economic backgrounds, a group largely under-represented in full-time university education. Significantly, 30% of survey respondents came from a skilled manual background. A large percentage (39% N = 61) of graduates had never accessed any form of higher education before. An equally large percentage (N = 62) had accessed full-time higher education previously, but at a lower level than the honours primary degree they obtained through distance learning. Implications regarding the role of distance education in improving access to university education and social mobility are discussed. Finally, this paper seeks to establish relevance between knowledge of distance graduates and doing things better for first time distance learners.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:access; graduates; participation
Subjects:Social Sciences > Distance education
Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Human Development
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1515/eurodl-2015-0007
Copyright Information:© 2015 EDEN.
ID Code:29675
Deposited On:07 Mar 2024 16:05 by Melissa Lynch . Last Modified 07 Mar 2024 16:05

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