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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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Growing Up, Moving On? University and the Transition to Adulthood

Growing Up, Moving On? University and the Transition to Adulthood

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Generational Encounters with Higher Education

Jennie Bristow

Sarah Cant

Anwesa Chatterjee

Policy Press

This chapter expands on the discussion of generational encounters with Higher Education, by indicating some ways in which current and prospective students articulate their expectations, hopes, aspirations and experiences of ‘going to University’. It discusses the implications for the relationship between academics and students in a context where transition to adulthood is delayed. As Universities have become more explicitly situated as institutions geared towards socialisation and the inculcation of a distinct set of values and attributes, relations between academics and students have become increasingly formalised. The concern that students’ need for pastoral support and concessions is both provided and regulated has added layers of bureaucratic restriction and accountability to interactions between staff and students. The chapter explores the ways in which these processes impinge on the interaction between academics and students, interposing a distance between the generations.

Keywords:   Generations, socialisation, emerging adulthood, parents, Robbins Report, independence

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