publication . Article . 2015

A new factor in UK students’ university attainment: the relative age effect reversal?

Simon J. Roberts; Tim Stott;
Open Access English
  • Published: 06 Jul 2015
  • Publisher: Emerald
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study relative age effects (RAEs) in a selected sample of university students. The majority of education systems across the globe adopt age-related cut-off points for eligibility. This strategy has received criticism for (dis)advantaging those older children born closer to the “cut-off” date for entry into an academic year and for promoting the existence of RAEs. To date, there are only two studies which have examined the relative age phenomenon in a university setting specifically. Design/methodology/approach – Data of student records from the years 2006-2009 were analysed. Specifically this included date of birth, The ...
Subjects
free text keywords: LB2300, Education, Sociology, Mathematics education, Educational attainment, Grading (education), Relative age effect, Grade point, Higher education, business.industry, business, Statistical analysis, Academic year, Management, Demography
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