Finnish adult students’ perspectives on short-cycle study programmes : motives and evaluations
Aittola, H., & Ursin, J. (2019). Finnish adult students’ perspectives on short-cycle study programmes : motives and evaluations. Higher Education Research and Development, 38 (2), 205-218. doi:10.1080/07294360.2018.1515182
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We investigated how students in Finland perceive short-cycle higher education programmes. In line with the European trend, Finland has piloted short-cycle study programmes in order to attract adult students into higher education. We found that the students were mainly satisfied with their studies, and that their orientations to studies and learning were extrinsic in nature. The strengths of the programme were perceived as related to the flexibility of the studies, the variety of teaching methods, and the extensive contents of the studies. The main challenges were associated with difficulties in using information and communications technology (ICT) within the studies, and issues with time management. The study sheds light on how more open higher education structures and study processes can promote participation in higher education among adult students.