Clienteles for External Studies

Year: 1986

Author: Powles, Margaret, Anwyl, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

We present data from an array of sources on the characteristics of external students in comparison with students studying full-time and part-time on campus. Profiles of the three populations are drawn up in terms of age, gender, marital status, home location, social background, education and employment history, field of study, and level of course. Also examined are students' reasons for studying externally, the relationship between employment and study and various effects of education on employment, attitudes and life-style. Some indication is given as to the extent to which various disadvantaged groups are represented in the external student population.