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ERIC Number: EJ1026451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
"Hot", "Cold" and "Warm" Information and Higher Education Decision-Making
Slack, K.; Mangan, J.; Hughes, A.; Davies, P.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v35 n2 p204-223 2014
This paper draws on the notions of "hot" and "cold" knowledge in analysing the responses of students to the relevance of different information and sources of such information in university choice. Analysis of questionnaire and focus group data from prospective and first-year undergraduate students provides evidence that many students put most credence on "hot" knowledge, from persons in their social grapevine. However, this is supplemented by "warm" knowledge from fleeting acquaintances at university open days. University provided knowledge is often distrusted. We discuss the implications of this given the recent government emphasis in England on the role of information provision in helping students to make informed decisions, including the relevance to the "fair access" agenda.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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