Personal stories: how students’ social and cultural life histories interact with the field of higher education

Stuart, M., Lido, C. and Morgan, J. (2011) Personal stories: how students’ social and cultural life histories interact with the field of higher education. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 30(4), pp. 489-508. (doi:10.1080/02601370.2011.588463)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2011.588463

Abstract

Learners’ biographies affect their engagement with knowledge and shape how their learning is understood. This article uses an educational life history approach to investigate how students’ social and cultural educational experiences affect their engagement with their university. Qualitative evidence is presented from interviews with students with different life experiences, which explored issues of belonging and identity in the context of lifelong learning. While there is some evidence that students from some minority ethnic backgrounds do less well at university than would be expected, there is little research that looks at the reasons behind this discrepancy. The research suggests that ethnicity does interact with other variables such as socio-economic status, age and gender to affect student outcomes. However, what is significant from these life stories is that even middle-class minority ethnic students have a different engagement with their universities to their White British peers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lido, Dr Catherine
Authors: Stuart, M., Lido, C., and Morgan, J.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:International Journal of Lifelong Education
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0260-1370
ISSN (Online):1464-519X
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis

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