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How students cope with part-time study: An analysis of coping mechanisms through an on-line forum


Kember, D and Ying, CK and Wan, CS and Yung, CS and Wai, CT and Mui, CY and Wing, CK and Heung, LK and Sam, LL and Chi, LW and Wanze, LWS and Chuen, TK and Anne, TOY and Chu, TL and Jason, TW, How students cope with part-time study: An analysis of coping mechanisms through an on-line forum, Active Learning in Higher Education, 6, (3) pp. 230-242. ISSN 1469-7874 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2005 The Higher Education Academy and SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi)

DOI: doi:10.1177/1469787405057662


This study provides a qualitative test and illustration of a model of how students cope with the demands of part-time study. The model shows that students who are successful in finding the time to complete the requirements of part-time courses do so by adopting three mechanisms; sacrifice, support and the negotiation of arrangements. All three mechanisms operate in four domains, namely work, family, social lives and the self. The mechanisms and domains were related together in a three by four matrix. Data to verify and illuminate the model were gathered by the researchers through an on-line forum discussion on the topic of coping with part-time study. The researchers themselves were studying part-time in a course called Adult Education and Professional Development. Analysis of the data showed that the work domain was very important but little adaptation was possible. The family was seen as the most important domain and all three mechanisms were used. Time was commonly found for part-time study by sacrificing social lives. The self-domain was interpreted as important in establishing motivation and self-determination.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:attrition, coping mechanisms, model, part-time study, persistence
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:129853
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-12-20
Last Modified:2019-01-21

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