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Title: Student perceptions of influences on their study experiences in a distance learning accounting course and implications for course design
Author: Parkinson, Alan Timothy
ISNI:       0000 0004 2702 4256
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis is located in the arena of a distance learning accounting course of a vocational nature delivered to working managers. It is concerned with identifying and exploring students' perceptions of influences upon their study experiences. The influences are drawn from elements of the course design, characteristics of the students, and their inter-action. Data is collected through semi-structured interviews from thirty eight past students. The data are explored using the techniques of content analysis, repertory grid analysis, and laddering. The exploration generates findings concerning the most significant influences, suggesting indicative associations between sets of student characteristics and elements of course design and course achievement measured through academic scores. Typologies of groups of students are identified and linked to those scores. Particularly influential, based on such associations, are domestic circumstances, nature of work in relation to budget management and financial decision making, and levels of maths and PC skills. Further exploration reveals a gender divide, with females performing less well than males, with domestic circumstances and nature of work being of great significance. This thesis contributes new insights into the student experience, with practical implications for course design.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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