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ERIC Number: EJ1037168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
A Journey of Negotiation and Belonging: Understanding Students' Transitions to Science and Engineering in Higher Education
Holmegaard, Henriette Tolstrup; Madsen, Lene Møller; Ulriksen, Lars
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v9 n3 p755-786 Sep 2014
The paper presents results from a longitudinal study of students' decisions to enrol on a higher education science programme and their experiences of it. The aim is to give insights into students' transition process and negotiation of identity. This is done by following a cohort of 38 students in a series of qualitative interviews during a 3-year period starting as they were about to finish upper secondary school. We find that the students' choice of study is an ongoing process of meaning-making, which continues when the students enter higher education and continuously work on their identities to gain a sense of belonging to their science or engineering programme. The use of a narrative methodology provides understanding of choice of study as involving changes in future perspectives and in the interpretation of past experiences. Further, we gain access into how this meaning-making process over time reflects the students' negotiations in terms of belonging to higher education and their coping strategies when their expectations of their new programme interact with their first-year experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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