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Listening, Understanding and Responding to Leisure and Tourism Undergraduates

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Author(s): Eugenia Wickens | Alastair Forbes

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Student Success or Failure | First-year Students | Academic Tutors | Peer Support.

ABSTRACT
This paper explores the experiences of first year leisure and tourism undergraduates. Engagement with the literature on the factors influencing students’ success or failure is supported by qualitativeevidence from a case study of one Higher Education Institution in England. The study made use of focus groups and one-to-one semi-structured interviews to elucidate the factors influencing thesuccess or failure of students. A key finding of the study was that students’ peer group networks are vitally important, so much so that many students seek help from their friends much more readily thanfrom academic tutors.
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