Exploratory investigation of drivers of attainment in ethnic minority adult learners

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Frumkin, L. and Koutsoubou, Maria 2012. Exploratory investigation of drivers of attainment in ethnic minority adult learners. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 37 (2), pp. 147-162.
AuthorsFrumkin, L. and Koutsoubou, Maria
Abstract

There is evidence that ethnic minority learners in further education in England either under-achieve or are under-represented because they face various inhibitors connected to their ethnicity. Motivators may be in place, however, which increase attainment specifically for some ethnic groups. This exploratory study intends to examine what works and what does not among South Asian (Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage) females and black male adult learners in FE. A mixed-method study was carried out using questionnaires and focus groups with 68 ethnic minority students in three further education colleges in England. The combination of the results showed that being a member of a minority culture and/or religion may increase feelings of isolation in academic settings; teaching staff who are knowledgeable about the student’s culture increase feelings of inclusion; and role models are crucially important. Results are discussed in light of British data of school experiences of ethnic minority learners.

Keywordsethnic minority; adult learners; attainment success; barriers to achievement
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
Journal citation37 (2), pp. 147-162
ISSN0309-877X
1469-9486
Year2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge) for University and College Union
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/0309877X.2011.644777
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2011.644777
Publication dates
Print05 Jan 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jun 2017
Accepted12 Jun 2011
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Further and Higher Education on 05/01/201, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0309877X.2011.644777
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