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My pages on student retention and dropout
Department of Psychology,
University of Glasgow.
This is the head page for my material on student dropout/retention, and
(Terminology: dropout, retention, persistence, attrition, ...)
I offer three main things here:
- A basic overview or orientation to the issues.
Published research offers detailed accounts and/or lengthy accounts;
university policies generally leave any overview unstated, and pre-suppose
- A place to present the work my students and I have done in the area.
- A list of interventions to improve retention for which there is actually
evidence of making a difference. I have come to the view that the theory,
though interesting to me, is too weak to predict what will work.
Consequently, if you want to make a difference (as opposed to a gesture) then
you would be well advised to ignore all advice other than trying to replicate
- This page is mainly a short index pointing to other pages.
If you want to print them all off as one, then print
this single composite page.
- An introductory perspective on student
This page gives some numbers and basic facts about it. Discusses alternative
definitions of "dropout".
- Notes and reviews on the literature.
Including some basic issues of method in researching what the dropout rate
- My analysis of Tinto's model, and the
questionnaire we developed.
- Some other theoretical ideas on dropout
(Some new thinking, considering integration alternatively as an aspect of
quite different ideas:
feedback to students,
recruitment and training)
- Some local projects
Interventions that have actually worked with evidence of reduced dropout
- Evidence-based retentioneering
discusses the few practical interventions I've come across
for which there is evidence that they reduced dropout.
- Dweck's work
has also led to demonstrated large positive effects on education,
which we can reasonably assume lead to lower dropout as well as higher grades.
Practical approaches for Glasgow University
- The policy approach I myself would recommend for Glasgow
- Possible interventions to apply at Glasgow:
what I thought in 2007.
- New thoughts on interventions
- Student generated PDP (Nick Bowskill's project)
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