Drawing on the perspectives of scholars and researchers from around the world, this book challenges dominant constructions of higher education students. Given the increasing number and diversity of such students, the book offers a timely discussion of the implicit and sometimes subtle ways that they are characterised or defined. Topics vary from the ways that curriculum designers ‘imagine’ learners, the complex and evolving nature of student identity work, through to newspaper and TV representations of university attendees.

Reimagining the Higher Education Student seeks to question the accepted or unquestioned nature of ‘being a student’ and instead foreground the contradictions and ‘messiness’ of such ideation. Offering timely insights into the nature of the student experience and providing an understanding of what students may desire from their Higher Education participation, this book covers a range of issues, including:

  • Impressions versus the reality of being a Higher Education student
  • Portrayals of students in various media including newspapers, TV shows and online
  • Generational perspectives on students, and students as family members

It is a valuable resource for academics and students both researching and working in higher education, especially those with a focus on identities, their importance and their constructions.

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

Reimagining the higher education student

An introduction
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chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

On becoming a university student

Young people and the ‘illusio’ of higher education
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chapter Chapter 3|18 pages

‘She's like, “you're a uni student now”’

The influence of mother–daughter relationships on the constructions of learner identities of first-in-family girls
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chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

Constructions of náksèuk-săa

Tracing contested imaginings of the Thai university student
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chapter Chapter 5|17 pages

The shifting subjectification of the ‘widening participation’ student

The affective world of the ‘deserving’ consumer
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chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Imagining the constructivist student online

Actively engaged learner or vulnerable student in need?
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chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Dominant higher education imaginaries

Forced perspectives, ontological limits and recognising the imaginer's frame
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chapter Chapter 9|19 pages

Reframing the ‘traditional learner’ into the ‘partner’ in higher education

Conflicting subjectivities and behavioural expectations of the undergraduate ‘student’ in UK universities
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chapter Chapter 11|18 pages

Constructing students as family members

Contestations in media and policy representations across Europe
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Student millennials/Millennial students

How the lens of generation constructs understandings of the contemporary HE student
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chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Exploring spaces in-between

Reimagining the Chinese student in a transnational higher education context in China
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chapter Chapter 14|17 pages

Between international student and immigrant

A critical perspective on Angolan and Cape Verdean students in Portugal
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chapter Chapter 15|9 pages


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