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Students A-Level choices - do they get it right?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by gravitypulls, Jan 4, 2011.


  1. Sifting through all the data on retention and attainment of our
    A-Level cohort last year and I'm beginning to think the key problem is
    still 'helping' them choose the right course. The patterns of in year
    drop out seem to indicate they stick with choice past induction then
    when they realise the course is really like their teachers have been
    explaining they want to drop or switch course. When we've interview
    under performers they all end up saying the course wasn't what they
    thought. But they all claim in enrolment to have read the course
    information!
    I was reading Prof. Nick Foskett's excellent book
    "Choosing Futures". His research confirms my fears, students choose from
    family pressures and according to fashions. When they say they have
    read the information it is only, he claims, to post-hoc rationalise
    their prior choices.
    I came across an interesting service/tool
    from a company called Options Education Ltd. (www.options-ed.co.uk). Has
    anyone used them? What do you think?
     

  2. Sifting through all the data on retention and attainment of our
    A-Level cohort last year and I'm beginning to think the key problem is
    still 'helping' them choose the right course. The patterns of in year
    drop out seem to indicate they stick with choice past induction then
    when they realise the course is really like their teachers have been
    explaining they want to drop or switch course. When we've interview
    under performers they all end up saying the course wasn't what they
    thought. But they all claim in enrolment to have read the course
    information!
    I was reading Prof. Nick Foskett's excellent book
    "Choosing Futures". His research confirms my fears, students choose from
    family pressures and according to fashions. When they say they have
    read the information it is only, he claims, to post-hoc rationalise
    their prior choices.
    I came across an interesting service/tool
    from a company called Options Education Ltd. (www.options-ed.co.uk). Has
    anyone used them? What do you think?
     

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