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Participation in University Education by Gender and Geographical Location

Thomas Kellaghan and Patricia J. Fontes
The Irish Journal of Education / Iris Eireannach an Oideachais
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Summer, 1980), pp. 3-18
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30077280
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Rates of participation in university education were calculated for each county in the Republic of Ireland for the academic year 1977/78. Rate was defined as the number of 17 to 30 year olds with permanent residence in each county attending university (described in the Higher Education Authority's Accounts and student statistics, 1977/78) as a proportion of the population of 17 to 30 year olds living in each county (described in the 1971 Census figures). Participation rates were calculated separately for males and females. Overall participation rate was found to be higher for males than for females. Considerable differences in participation rates were found between counties. Seven variables were selected to predict county participation rates in regression analyses. Three of the variables-distance from a university town, proportion of students aged 12 to 17 attending secondary, community, and comprehensive schools in each county, and proportion engaged in agricultural employment-predicted 78% of the variance in male participation. The proportion engaged in commercial employment in addition to these three variables predicted 80% of variance in female participation.

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