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Forming identitites in higher education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Vuxenpedagogik)
Mälardalens högskola.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Vuxenpedagogik)
2010 (English)In:  , 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on results from a European research project with the aim to identifying the factors promoting or constraining the access, retention and non-com­pletion of non-traditional students in Higher Education (HE). We focus on the strugg­les that actors experience forming a learning identity while being in HE that is further specified in the following questions:

  1. What struggles do adult learners experience in their forming of a learning identity in HE?
  2. How are these struggles related to issues of ethnicity, age, class and gender on the one hand, and their participation in HE on the other?

3.   How are students learning identities related to different academic cultures’ expectations and contexts?

As a result we found three identity types formed by students in HE; a multiple integrated, an adopted and a floating identity. Generally the lecturers in HE are research oriented while students are oriented towards their future profession which creates struggles in what to become and what to be as a student.

 

In this paper three institutions Stockholm University (SU), Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal institute of Technology (KTH) are studied from a student and staff perspective. All three institutions (KI, KTH and SU) we have chosen are located in Stockholm, capital city, and are regarded as old universities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
learning, identitites, biographical research, higher education
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70185DiVA: diva2:479860
Conference
The ESREA-triennal conference, Linköping: 24th - 26th of September, 2010.
Projects
Access and Retention: Experiences of non-traditional learners in HE
Note
Ingår i ett forskningsprojekt finansierat av EU's Lifelong learning programAvailable from: 2012-04-16 Created: 2012-01-18 Last updated: 2012-04-16Bibliographically approved

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