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Comparison of some background characteristics of students who have completed and not completed the Foundation Programme in Social Studies

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Amarasena Gamaathige ,

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Samudra Dissanayake

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Low rates of completion of study programmes are related to a variety of factors including backgrounds of students such as sex, age and previous education. Although some studies have compiled student profiles for selected study programmes at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), no research has been carried out to establish relationships between student profiles and academic performance. This paper presents the findings of a pioneering study, which compares the selected background characteristics of students with their levels of academic success. Information on social backgrounds and academic performance is obtained from the application forms and the OUSL examination records respectively. The similarities and differences between those who completed it are examined using percentages, averages and two statistical measures of relationship, namely lambda and gamma. The study found that those who come from urban areas and aged between 40 to 55 years had a higher rate of completion. The study has many implications for the OUSL in terms of academic support to be granted to high-risk students.

doi: 10.4038/ouslj.v2i0.364

OUSL Journal (1999) Vol.2, (pp.65-79)

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v2i0.364
How to Cite: Gamaathige, A. & Dissanayake, S., (2009). Comparison of some background characteristics of students who have completed and not completed the Foundation Programme in Social Studies. OUSL Journal. 2, pp.65–79. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v2i0.364
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Published on 05 Mar 2009.
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