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ERIC Number: EJ1018314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
"Ensure that You Stand out from the Crowd:" A Corpus-Based Analysis of Personal Statements According to Applicants' School Type
Jones, Steven
Comparative Education Review, v57 n3 p397-423 Aug 2013
Many nations make use of a "personal statement" (or equivalent) in their higher education admissions system. This article examines how statements differ according to applicants' educational background. Among the indicators used are fluency of expression, quantity and quality of workplace experience, and extracurricular activity. Findings point to major variation among statements composed by equal-attainment applicants: a broader range of social and cultural capital is drawn on by privately educated young people. Ramifications stretch beyond admissions policy in the United Kingdom, where this study was located, not least because of claims that nonacademic indicators of potential, such as the personal statement, bring greater fairness to university admissions processes. No support for this position is found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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