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Possible selves and possible others – explicating theoretical and methodological potentials
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4005-310X
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is argued that the theory of possible selves, being concrete conceptions of our selves in a future, can benefit from an expansion through the concept of possible others. The paper is intended to prompt discussions about the potential of this concept, using insights from existing empirical and theoretical work on possible selves. Possible others are defined as the persons that an individual assumes will participate in the future event imagined as a possible self. It is discussed and exemplified how this theoretical development could give a more nuanced understanding of the theory of possible selves where it is adopted for studies of student well-being and motivation in higher education. Methodological and theoretical possibilities are discussed, both in relation to empirical research and application of the theory of possible selves for supporting students, for example in relation to widening participation.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Possible selves
Keyword [sv]
självbild, motivation, social kognition
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-13156DiVA, id: diva2:1165124
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Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport Wales, December 6-8, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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