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Resisting the Iron Cage of ‘the Student Experience’


Hayes, Sarah; Jandrić, Petar
Resisting the Iron Cage of ‘the Student Experience’ // Šolsko polje, 29 (2018), 1-2; 127-143 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
Resisting the Iron Cage of ‘the Student Experience’

Autori
Hayes, Sarah ; Jandrić, Petar

Izvornik
Šolsko polje (1591-6044) 29 (2018), 1-2; 127-143

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Higher education ; neoliberalism, critical discourse analysis, student experience, cathedrals of consumption, iron cage

Sažetak
As higher education (HE) has come to be valued for its contribution to the global economy, priorities have been placed on study for a degree to directly meet the needs of industry. Furthermore, in UK policy, students have been defined as ‘customers’ by the government since the introduction of tuition fees. Together, these developments have emphasized the role of a degree as a consumer ‘product’, purchased to secure future employment, rather than an experiential learning ‘process’, that continues well beyond student life. In this paper we examine how the student-as-consumer approach in HE policy has recently developed into a strong rhetoric emphasizing ‘the student experience’ as a package, including leisure, well-being, future employment and other ‘extras’. A disturbing impression is then generated, where universities are now delivering a packaged experience of ‘consumption itself ’, to students. To examine such concerns more closely, we analyse a sample of 20 UK university ‘student experience’ strategies, via a corpus- based Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). Drawing on themes from these texts, we question who ‘the student experience’ rhetoric really benefits? If a rationalized experience is constructed on behalf of students, then universities defined by George Ritzer as ‘cathedrals of consumption’ align themselves with any other provider of consumer experiences, where students are trapped within an ‘iron cage’ even before they set foot in the workplace. Yet, despite a distorted picture that neoliberal HE policy discourse may portray, a postdigital understanding of ‘the student experience’ could yet offer helpful insights into possible routes of resistance.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Informacijske i komunikacijske znanosti, Interdisciplinarne društvene znanosti, Obrazovne znanosti (psihologija odgoja i obrazovanja, sociologija obrazovanja, politologija obrazovanja, ekonomika obrazovanja, antropologija obrazovanja, neuroznanost i rano učenje, pedagoške discipline)



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Autor s matičnim brojem:
Petar Jandrić, (330844)