A study of attrition among accounting certificate course students at Woden College of Technical and Further Education, 1981 - 1984

  • Edna McNeil

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This study examines the reasons for student withdrawal from the Accounting Certificate Course at Woden TAFE College during the period 1981 to 1984 inclusive. The investigation concerns students enrolled in a demanding, four year course, which leads to a para-professional qualification including (subject to practical experience) registration with the Tax Agents Registration Board. A 100% survey was made of all students, both withdrawn and continuing for the relevant period, Students are adults, mostly between the ages of 20 to 50. Attrition rates in the early stages of the course were found to be very high, and reasons established were related to a variety of causes, including personal reasons. Follow up interviews by telephone were carried out and these showed no new trends from the results of the questionnaires. The main reasons for attrition within the control of the college, seemed to be related to inaccurate student perceptions of, and expectations from the course. The major recommendations and implications arising from the study suggest that counselling be given greater prominence at the time of enrolment. There is also a case for timetabling to include day classes at times and venues most beneficial for students. Another outcome of the investigation suggests that closer liaison be developed between the college, industry and commerce. An important issue which became evident from this research focused on staff development and the need for administrators and teachers to further their educational leadership knowledge and skills to provide the best possible service for students.
    Date of Award1989
    Original languageEnglish

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