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Exploring young people’s perception and attitudes towards their potential progression to university: a Scottish rural perspective

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This paper presents an exploratory analysis of young people’s perceptions and attitudes towards their potential progression to higher education in rural areas of Scotland. These young people belonged to three state secondary schools whose catchment areas were mainly rural. All were in S5/Year 12 or S6/Year 13 and aged 16 years and over. They filled in a serial questionnaire in November 2014 and again in March 2015. Firstly, the analysis reveals that 40% of the respondents were not aware of any obstacles to their going to university. Secondly, it points out that if the majority of the respondents perceived financial barriers, the perception of these obstacles tended to decline over time. Thirdly, while their enthusiasm and motivation towards their potential progression to higher education remained high in March 2015, more had reported these positive attitudes in November 2014. Finally, although most perceived their parents’ enthusiasm about their going to university, fewer acknowledged it in March 2015 and many more recognised the enthusiasm of their schools.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-17
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian and International Journal of Rural Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

    Research areas

  • Rurality, Perceptions, Attitudes, Higher education

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