An analysis of Student's perception of post-compulsory provision for vocationalist education and life-long learning
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The aim of this study was to look into the vocational and life-long learning provisions of university courses as well as the reasons students have for choosing their university courses. The sample used was a group of second year students based at a South Wales based university. A questionnaire method was chosen and implemented on two different days a week apart. The questionnaire included questions to address all the key areas of this study, vocational relevance and lifelong learning at university as well as what the students thought their degree would be used for after university. All 20 of the participants completed the questionnaire on both occasions and gave some very interesting results. Overall it was found that the majority of university students on this course had chosen it with expectations of it helping them get a specific job, or a job within a specific work sector after completion. lt was also found that this course had a high vocational relevance and that the teaching methods had an effect on how it was perceived by the participants. Life-long learning provision appeared to be less than vocational relevance but closer inspection revealed that it was provided for, but in more subtle ways, almost part of a hidden curriculum. Validity and reliability are discussed in detail as are suggestions for improvements for this study.
BA (Hons) Education Studies and Psychology
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