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The Experience of Higher Education

1st Edition

By Peter Marris


230 pages

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Originally published in 1964 The Experience of Higher Education reports the findings of about 400 intensive interviews with final year undergraduates at three universities – Cambridge, Leeds and Southampton – and a College of Advanced Technology in London. The discussion concentrates upon the aims and expectations with which students enter higher education; the relationship between teacher and pupil; the influence of residential patterns; and the students sense of the relevance of their education in a wider social context. The final chapter is a more personal reflection, in the light of the enquiry, upon the ideals and purposes of higher education.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Inquiry

1. Students’ Approach to Higher Education

2. The Appreciation of Vocational Relevance

3. The Academic Experience

4. The Influence of Accommodation on the Experience of University

5. Social Groupings at University

6. Social Life at Northampton College

7. Segregation and Integration of Higher Education

8. Personal Relationships

9. Social Stratification and the Egalitarian Ethic

Part II: Some Personal Reflections

10. Students’ Experience and the University Ideal


1. The Students’ Background and Academic Performance

2. The Interviews

3. Statistical Summary

4. List of References


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Higher Education

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1964 and 2002, draw together research by leading academics in the area of higher education, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of learning, teaching, student experience and administration in relation to the higher education through the areas of business, sociology, education reforms, government, educational policy, business and religion, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of higher education in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of education, politics and sociology.

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