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‘Studying in this England is wahala (trouble)’: analysing the experiences of West African students in a UK higher education institution

‘Studying in this England is wahala (trouble)’: analysing the experiences of West African students in a UK higher education institution

Owusu-Kwarteng, Louise (2020) ‘Studying in this England is wahala (trouble)’: analysing the experiences of West African students in a UK higher education institution. Studies in Higher Education. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0307-5079 (Print), 1470-174X (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1723528)

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Abstract

Studying in This England is Wahala critically analyses social/academic experiences of 12 West African Overseas undergraduate/postgraduate students in a London University. It discusses structural and individual factors impacting on decisions to study here, including perceptions of differences between quality of university education in the UK and 'back home'. To analyse this, I draw on the 'Push-Pull' model and Giddens (1991) Structuration Approach as theoretical frameworks. I also examine students experiences of adapting to life in the UK, views on teaching and learning experiences in the UK and strategies to facilitate their educational success. In so doing positives and challenges faced by students are highlighted. These were largely shaped by staff-student relationships, some of which were positive and supportive. In others, racism was prevalent, which reflects ongoing debates about Black and Minority (BAME) student experiences in UK higher education institutions

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnicity, academic experience, teaching and learning, social and cultural capital, acculturation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Applied Sociology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 02:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28195

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