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Horses for courses, or a grumble in the jungle? HE in FE student perceptions of the HE experience in a land-based college

Horses for courses, or a grumble in the jungle? HE in FE student perceptions of the HE experience in a land-based college

Rapley, Eve ORCID: 0000-0002-7672-6129 (2014) Horses for courses, or a grumble in the jungle? HE in FE student perceptions of the HE experience in a land-based college. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19 (2). pp. 194-211. ISSN 1359-6748 (Print), 1747-5112 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2014.897510)

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Abstract

This paper presents a summary of preliminary findings regarding the perceptions of the legitimacy and quality of the higher education (HE) student experience through the lens of those studying animal/equine studies foundation degrees and BSc degrees within a small, ostensibly further education (FE) land-based college setting. As part of a PhD study, research data was collected using two student focus groups. Empirical student perception data from animal/equine studies students gathered whilst discharging external examiner duties at six English FE land-based colleges from 2007 to 2013 was also included. Despite FE college claims regarding the ‘supportive environment’ and ‘small classes’ being the unique selling point for those studying HE in FE (as opposed to HE within the university sector), responses from animal/equine studies students reported dissatisfaction with regard to the predominating FE culture, as well as concerns surrounding their HE status and the perception of others, as being bona fide HE students. Drawing on Bourdieu’s conceptual framework of habitus and field and notions of an institutional habitus, the HE in FE student experience is contextualised, together with recommendations for enriching HE in FE from the student perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HE in FE, student experience, animal/equine studies, land-based, HE ethos, Bourdieu
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 11:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30645

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