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The varieties of student experience - an open research question and some ways to answer it

The varieties of student experience - an open research question and some ways to answer it

Ainley, Patrick (2008) The varieties of student experience - an open research question and some ways to answer it. Studies in Higher Education, 33 (5). pp. 615-624. ISSN 0307-5079 (Print), 1470-174X (Online) (doi:10.1080/03075070802373222)

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Abstract

Based on meetings of the Society for Research into Higher Education’s Student Experience Network over the past three years, the genuinely open research question is posed whether there is one or more undergraduate student experience within English higher education. Answering this question depends on whether what is taught or what is learnt is examined. If the latter, then a unitary student experience can be said to exist only in the narrowest of normative senses. What undergraduates actually learn – defined in the widest sense – is the $64,000 question of research on the student experience. Various ways to answer this question are proposed, including using students to research students. Conceptual tools to apply to findings can be developed from youth studies and cognate disciplines, particularly in relation to student identities and aspirations. Lastly, these proposals are placed in the wider context of comparative models of the varieties of student experience, including those emerging in the UK’s national regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HE, higher education, student experience
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2829

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