Differential pathways of South African students through higher education
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This paper reports on a six-year study (2005???2010) tracking a cohort of students from Grade 12 into and through
the South African higher education (HE) system. The study sought to ascertain how the pathways of students
from different socioeconomic backgrounds differed. Key findings were that socioeconomic status is a differentiating feature in student progression through and retention within HE and in completion of HE programmes. Confirming UK and US findings, the study simultaneously points up the need for further research locating student progression and performance within a broader developmental context that takes account of learning pathways from pre-school into HE.