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Generational Encounters with Higher EducationThe Academic-Student Relationship and the University Experience$
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Jennie Bristow, Sarah Cant, and Anwesa Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209778

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209778.001.0001

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Generational Expectations and Experiences of Higher Education

Generational Expectations and Experiences of Higher Education

(p.45) 3 Generational Expectations and Experiences of Higher Education
Generational Encounters with Higher Education

Jennie Bristow

Sarah Cant

Anwesa Chatterjee

Policy Press

This chapter draws on qualitative data from the Mass Observation Study and interviews with students to explore how members of the general public, and prospective and current students, frame the meaning of Higher Education, both in policy terms and according to their own experience. This analysis highlights a central contradiction within the position held by the 21st century University in the public imagination. On one hand, expansion is regarded as a progressive development, and there is a striking generosity and optimism in the ways that the provision of this experience for more young people is discussed. On the other, there are widespread concerns about the motivations and effects of massification, including the normalisation of student debt, the diminishing value of degrees, and the quality of education provided.

Keywords:   Student debt, massification, employability, mass observation, widening participation, social class, generation, gender, grammar schools, degree

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