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Understanding student satisfaction and dissatisfaction: an interpretive study in the UK higher education context

Douglas, JA, Douglas, A, McClelland, RJ and Davies, J 2015, 'Understanding student satisfaction and dissatisfaction: an interpretive study in the UK higher education context' , Studies in Higher Education, 40 (2) , pp. 329-349.

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Abstract

This article represents a cross-sectional study of undergraduate students across two north-west university business schools in the UK. A purposefully designed questionnaire was collected from 350 students. The student experience was described in the form of hand-written narratives by first and final year students and had been identified by the respondents themselves as being satisfying or dissatisfying with the areas of teaching and learning and the supporting service environment. The study also assessed whether their experiences were likely to influence their loyalty behaviours with respect to remaining on their chosen course of study; recommending the university; and continuing at a higher level of study. The data were captured and analysed using the qualitative critical incident technique to capture the voice of the student and identified the critical determinants of quality within higher education, i.e. those areas that would influence loyalty behaviour, as being Access; Attentiveness; Availability; and Communication. A number of new determinants of quality have been identified out of the research by three independent judges, namely motivation, reward, social inclusion, usefulness, value for money and fellow student behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0307-5079
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor John Davies
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 18:56
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33767

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