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ERIC Number: EJ1064334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
The Risks of "University Speak": Relationship Management and Identity Negotiation by Mature Students off Campus
O'Boyle, Neil
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v25 n2 p93-111 2015
Research finds that participation in higher education is generally empowering for mature students but that it can also create tensions in their off-campus relationships. This article reports on findings from an ongoing study of the experiences of mature students at university in Ireland and draws from interviews with 15 such students in the final year of their studies. Following similar research by Baxter and Britton in the UK, the article considers how mature students experience and represent changes in identities and social relationships brought about by entry to higher education. Specifically, the article focuses on the risks associated with using newly acquired academic language (or "university speak") off campus. The findings reported here complement existing research and offer support for Baxter and Britton's suggestion that mature students often experience compartmentalisation and fragmentation in their self-identities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland