InformeThe Transition to University of At-Risk Groups in Spain: The Case of Students from Vocational Education and Training
The Transition to University of At-Risk Groups in Spain: The Case of Students from Vocational Education and Training Pilar Figuera i Mercedes Torrado Anglès 2015 This paper looks at the process of integration and the trajectories through university of students entering university from vocational education and training within the context of degrees in the Social Sciences. The research involved a comprehensive and descriptive longitudinal study, based on a multi-strategy and systems methodology on two levels of analysis, one macro (the graduating cohort as a whole) and one micro (the analysis of a sample according to the type of student). The analysis was based on the students’ perception of their level of adaptation at two key points in time in their first year (the start of the academic year and the end of the first semester), together with student persistence over the first three years of study. The study population was 1,523 students who were taking new Bachelor’s-level undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Management (1,290) and Pedagogy (233) at the University of Barcelona (UB) in the 2010-11 cohort. Students gaining admission through vocational education and training accounted for 20.6% of the total: 260 in Business Administration and Management (20.2%) and 53 in Pedagogy (22.7%). The results show the differences between students from vocational education and training and those from post-compulsory secondary education as regards the various indicators of the transition to university examined in the study. These differences can only be interpreted in terms of the organisational context at study programme level.