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The construction of higher education students within national policy a cross-European comparison

Brooks, Rachel (2019) The construction of higher education students within national policy a cross-European comparison Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

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Abstract

It is often assumed within much of the academic literature and by many of those working in higher education that universities across Europe are homogenising, converging around an Anglo-American model as a result of neo-liberal pressures and the aim of creating a single European Higher Education Area. However, drawing on an analysis of 92 policy documents from six different European countries, this article demonstrates that enduring differences remain – at least in so far as constructions of students are concerned. While European policy may assume that higher education students can move unproblematically across national borders, as part of the Erasmus mobility scheme, for example, we show that understandings of ‘the student’ differ in significant ways both across countries and, to some extent, within them. This has implications for both European policy and academic theorisation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Brooks, RachelR.Brooks@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2 May 2019
Funders : European Research Council (ERC)
DOI : 10.1080/03057925.2019.1604118
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Taylor & Francis This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education on 02 May 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2019.1604118
Uncontrolled Keywords : Higher education; Students; Policy; Europe
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 29 Apr 2019 14:46
Last Modified : 13 Dec 2019 14:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/851716

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