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Understanding the higher education student in Europe: a comparative analysis

Brooks, RM (2017) Understanding the higher education student in Europe: a comparative analysis Compare: a journal of comparative and international education. pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

Higher education (HE) is of considerable importance to policymakers across Europe. Indeed, it is viewed as a key mechanism for achieving a range of economic, social and political goals. Nevertheless, despite this prominence within policy, we have no clear understanding of the extent to which conceptualisations of ‘the student’ are shared across the continent. To start to redress this gap, this article explores four key aspects of contemporary higher education students’ lives, considering the extent to which they can be considered as, variously, consumers, workers, family members and political actors. On the basis of this evidence, it argues that, despite assumptions on the part of European policymakers that there are now large commonalities in the experiences of students across Europe – evident in pronouncements about Erasmus mobility and the operations of the European Higher Education Area – significant differences exist both between, and within, individual nation-states.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Brooks, RMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 8 May 2017
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2017.1318047
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare: a journal of comparative and international education on 8 May 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2017.1318047
Uncontrolled Keywords : higher education, Europe, consumerism, politics
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Date Deposited : 31 Mar 2017 14:29
Last Modified : 09 May 2017 11:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813903

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