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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. In: SEDA National Conference Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2014 Engaging Students: Engaging Staff, 15-16th May 2014, Newcastle. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The poster will present a summary of preliminary findings regarding the perceptions of the legitimacy and quality of the HE student experience through the lens of those studying Animal/Equine Studies Foundation Degrees and BSc degrees within a small, ostensibly FE Landbased 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 Landbased colleges from 2007-2013 was also included.

Despite FE college claims regarding the ‘supportive environment’ and ‘small classes’ being the USP 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. With an increasing push for more HE in FE provision, this study is timely and could help to inform the HE in FE experience for students across the UK.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landbased education Bourdieu
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Educational Development Unit
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 20:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30699

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