Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation: The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation

P. Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, A. Bäck

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Abstract

Drop-outs and delays of graduation is currently a huge problem in adult education. The main reason for the drop-outs and delays is usually stated to be the difficulty of combining studies with family and work. This study was based on interviews where students studying in the bachelor's or master's degree programme were interviewed to find out the main reasons for delays and drop-outs, and to ideate and evaluate various ways of supporting students. There were two main types of reasons for delays and drop-outs: reasons relating to difficulties in combining personal and working life with studies, and problems related to the institution, e.g. challenges related to the theses, teaching methods, and lack of guidance counselling. According to the study, there are several opportunities to boost students' graduation: a named personal guidance counsellor during the studies and for the thesis, regular follow up of studies, individual learning paths counselled by a guidance counsellor, prior competence recognition, flexible methods to study for example by offering E-learning courses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014
Pages87-95
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 25 Oct 201427 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014
Abbreviated titleCELDA 2014
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period25/10/1427/10/14

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  • adult education
  • drop-out
  • guidance counselling
  • online tools
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Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, P., & Bäck, A. (2014). Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation: The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation. In Proceedings: International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014 (pp. 87-95)
Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, P. ; Bäck, A. / Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation : The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation. Proceedings: International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014. 2014. pp. 87-95
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Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, P & Bäck, A 2014, Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation: The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation. in Proceedings: International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014. pp. 87-95, 11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014, Porto, Portugal, 25/10/14.

Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation : The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation. / Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, P.; Bäck, A.

Proceedings: International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014. 2014. p. 87-95.

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Aarreniemi-Jokipelto P, Bäck A. Exploring opportunities to boost adult students' graduation: The reasons behind the delays and drop-outs of graduation. In Proceedings: International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2014. 2014. p. 87-95