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ERIC Number: EJ1091016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Opening Spaces of Academic Culture: Doors of Perception; Heaven and Hell
Habel, Chad; Whitman, Kirsty
Higher Education Research and Development, v35 n1 p71-83 2016
Academic culture is a distinct and unique field, and perhaps may best be conceptualised as a space. Although access to university has traditionally been restricted, recent efforts on a number of fronts have attempted to "open" the space of the academy. In particular, enabling programmes such as Preparatory Programs and Foundation Courses aim to provide both access and enabling experiences to students who have found the doors of the university closed to them. The research reported here combined a Bourdieuian framework with a phenomenological methodology to explore the lived experience of students who were most of the way through such a programme at a Go8 Australian university. Thirteen students were interviewed and the data were analysed for experiences of enculturation and positive transformation, as well as alienation and negative transformation. The results showed that while in general the students are able to adopt the "habitus" of academic culture this was a painful and difficult process, and not entirely successful in all cases. This, combined with the inherent limitations of much research of this kind, gives us reason to pause in the overarching story of social mobility that usually surrounds these types of programmes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia