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Discourses of betterment and opportunity: Exploring the privileging of university attendance for first-in-family learners

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Abstract


  • Much of the literature on university access and participation positions people from

    disadvantaged backgrounds as those who have not ‘traditionally’ attended university.

    Certain student cohorts are presented as lacking the skills or requisite knowledges to

    achieve academic success, requiring additional assistance from institutions to address

    these gaps. Rather than approach such students from a position of ‘lack’, this article

    problematises the concept of privilege, particularly as this relates to the perceived

    benefits of university attendance. Drawing on rich qualitative interviews with first-infamily

    students, this article discusses the nature of these learners’ expectations of

    university, particularly those related to the promise of a more secure financial future.

    In unpacking these constructs and interrogating the ways in which higher education

    sectors are located within discourses of betterment and opportunity, deep insight is

    offered into the embodied and experiential nature of university for these students and

    their families.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Stone, C., Delahunty, J. & May, J. (2016). Discourses of betterment and opportunity: Exploring the privileging of university attendance for first-in-family learners. Studies in Higher Education, Online First 1-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84979986142

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3904&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2901

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Much of the literature on university access and participation positions people from

    disadvantaged backgrounds as those who have not ‘traditionally’ attended university.

    Certain student cohorts are presented as lacking the skills or requisite knowledges to

    achieve academic success, requiring additional assistance from institutions to address

    these gaps. Rather than approach such students from a position of ‘lack’, this article

    problematises the concept of privilege, particularly as this relates to the perceived

    benefits of university attendance. Drawing on rich qualitative interviews with first-infamily

    students, this article discusses the nature of these learners’ expectations of

    university, particularly those related to the promise of a more secure financial future.

    In unpacking these constructs and interrogating the ways in which higher education

    sectors are located within discourses of betterment and opportunity, deep insight is

    offered into the embodied and experiential nature of university for these students and

    their families.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • O'Shea, S., Stone, C., Delahunty, J. & May, J. (2016). Discourses of betterment and opportunity: Exploring the privileging of university attendance for first-in-family learners. Studies in Higher Education, Online First 1-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84979986142

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3904&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2901

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom