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Why students avoid sandwich placements

Morgan, H 2005, Why students avoid sandwich placements , in: Education in a Changing Environment, 12-13 January 2006, University of Salford, UK.

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Abstract

This paper outlines research undertaken to identify factors that dissuade accounting degree students at the University of Salford from taking a year’s work placement. Interviews with key staff and purposively-selected students were transcribed and analysed using grounded theory. A questionnaire, based on emerging factors, was completed by students; with factor analysis triangulating and enhancing the interviews’ findings. Key factors identified are: awareness of the placement scheme, links with local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and better descriptions of job opportunities illustrating the placement’s quality. In conclusion, further research is recommended using a shorter questionnaire focussing on these and other emerging factors, such as the students’ socio-economic status and pre-entry levels (UCAS points), which require validation. Cross-discipline research opportunities exist.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN: 9781905732074
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: ?? sch_sbs ??
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 14:25
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2002

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