Born too late?: how relative age affects college enrolment patterns


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Author: Smith, A. Haig


The month in which we are born affects our experience of and progress through the education system and is known as the relative age effect. This study reports on a project in which the author conducted mixed methods research into the impact of different birth months on enrolment patterns and participant experiences within further education in England, a neglected sector for this research area. This paper challenges the current view that the negative impact of being born later in an academic year cohort dissipates with age. Analysis of the findings shows that enrolment patterns are skewed...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Participation; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Further education; Age; Enrolment; Educationally disadvantaged; Case study; Comparative analysis

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2022

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Journal volume: 27

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2022

Pages: pp. 525-548

ISSN: 1359-6748, 1747-5112 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 151.858

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