Does widening participation reduce standards of achievement in postgraduate radiography education?

Marshall, Gill and Jones, Nicholas (2002) Does widening participation reduce standards of achievement in postgraduate radiography education? Radiography, 8 (3). pp. 133-137. Full text not available from this repository.

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Purpose: Many radiographers applying for postgraduate study are qualified with the Diploma of the College of Radiographers. These radiographers are deemed to be non-standard entrants at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, whereas graduates with a second class honours degree or above, are deemed to be standard entrants. This paper will discuss the admission of such students to postgraduate courses via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), and their subsequent achievement on postgraduate courses.
Method:Data (student marks) were extracted from student records from 1994 to the present time, for the four programmes run in the Department of Radiography and Imaging Sciences. Analysis of the data provided total numbers of standard and non-standard students on each programme as well as the mark range, standard deviation and mean marks for each programme. It was then determined, using at -test for independent samples, whether there was any statistically significant difference in the marks of standard and non-standard entrants per programme and also collectively.
Results: The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the marks achieved by standard or non-standard entrants on any of the four programmes.
Conclusion: If assessment outcomes are used as an indicator of academic performance this study demonstrates that widening participation, to allow those DCR radiographers motivated enough to apply to study at postgraduate level direct entry onto postgraduate courses, does not lower academic standards.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 17:29
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