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Reimagining the Higher Education Student
Constructing and Contesting Identities

ISBN 9780367426538
Published March 18, 2021 by Routledge
280 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on the perspectives of scholars and researchers from around the world, this book challenges dominant constructions of higher education students. Given the increasing number and diversity of such students, the book offers a timely discussion of the implicit and sometimes subtle ways that they are characterised or defined. Topics vary from the ways that curriculum designers ‘imagine’ learners, the complex and evolving nature of student identity work, through to newspaper and TV representations of university attendees.

Reimagining the Higher Education Student seeks to question the accepted or unquestioned nature of ‘being a student’ and instead foreground the contradictions and ‘messiness’ of such ideation. Offering timely insights into the nature of the student experience and providing an understanding of what students may desire from their Higher Education participation, this book covers a range of issues, including:

  • Impressions versus the reality of being a Higher Education student
  • Portrayals of students in various media including newspapers, TV shows and online
  • Generational perspectives on students, and students as family members

It is a valuable resource for academics and students both researching and working in higher education, especially those with a focus on identities, their importance and their constructions.

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Introduction

Jennifer M. Case and Jeroen Huisman

Chapter 1. Reimagining the higher education student: an introduction

Rachel Brooks and Sarah O’Shea

Chapter 2. On becoming a university student: young people and the ‘illusio’ of higher education

Sally Patfield, Jenny Gore and Leanne Fray

Chapter 3. "She’s like, ‘you’re a uni student now’": the influence of mother-daughter relationships on the constructions of learner identities of first-in-family girls

Sarah McDonald

Chapter 4. Constructions of náksèuk-săa: tracing contested imaginings of the Thai university student

Thornchanok Uerpairojkit and James Burford

Chapter 5. The shifting subjectification of the ‘widening participation’ student: the affective world of the ‘deserving’ consumer

Emily Danvers and Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Chapter 6. Dispelling the myth of the ‘traditional’ university undergraduate student in the UK

Grace Sykes

Chapter 7. Imagining the constructivist student online: actively engaged learner or vulnerable student in need?

Kate O’Connor

Chapter 8. Dominant higher education imaginaries: forced perspectives, ontological limits and recognising the imaginer’s frame

Matt Lumb and Matthew Bunn

Chapter 9. Reframing the ‘traditional learner’ into the ‘partner’ in higher education: conflicting subjectivities and behavioural expectations of the undergraduate ‘student’ in UK universities

Eloise Symonds

Chapter 10. Constructing the university student in British documentary television

Kay Calver and Bethan Michael-Fox

Chapter 11. Constructing students as family members: contestations in media and policy representations across Europe

Anu Lainio and Rachel Brooks

Chapter 12. Student millennials/Millennial students: how the lens of generation constructs understandings of the contemporary HE student

Kirsty Finn, Nicola Ingram and Kim Allen

Chapter 13. Exploring spaces in-between: Reimagining the Chinese student in a transnational higher education context in China

Paola R.S. Eiras and Henk Huijser

Chapter 14. Between international student and immigrant: a critical perspective on Angolan and Cape Verdean students in Portugal

Elisa Alves and Russell King

Chapter 15. Conclusion

Sarah O’Shea and Rachel Brooks

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Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK, and an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Sarah O’Shea is a Professor and Director of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) which is hosted by Curtin University, Australia.