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Mature students and social isolation: Being excluded or choosing to be alone?

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posted on 2022-10-11, 07:28 authored by Charlie SuttonCharlie Sutton

This chapter considers the social isolation experienced by a group of mature students. Younger mature students appeared to actively choose to isolate themselves socially. In contrast, older mature students felt that, because they were excluded by their younger peers, they had become unwillingly isolated. With HESA reporting that mature students are dropping out of UK universities at around twice the rate of traditional-aged students (2015/16), it is pertinent to consider the role of social isolation in relation to student retention and attrition. 

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times: Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education

Pages

97 - 122

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Author(s)

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This book chapter was published in the book Being an Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times: Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education [© Palgrave Macmillan Cham]. The publisher's website is at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97208-4_5

Publication date

2018-12-17

Copyright date

2019

ISBN

9783319972077; 9783319972084

Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Ellen Boeren; Nalita James

Depositor

Dr Charlie Sutton. Deposit date: 10 October 2022

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