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ERIC Number: EJ779692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Playing a Different Game: The Contextualised Decision-Making Processes of Minority Ethnic Students in Choosing a Higher Education Institution
Smith, Heather
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v10 n4 p415-437 Dec 2007
This paper adds to the small but growing body of literature which probes the complex decision-making processes undertaken by minority ethnic students, and particularly working-class minority ethnic students, when choosing a higher education institution. Previous studies have focussed on areas with ethnically diverse local populations. This article presents the findings of a small-scale study examining the decision-making processes of minority ethnic school, undergraduate and postgraduate (PGCE) students in a predominantly "white" area of England. Some similarities with the previous research are found, but also some interesting contextual differences, particularly in students' prioritisation of institutions with an ethnic mix. The paper discusses how students in this context make decisions about what is an acceptable choice based on a complex inter-related web of factors relating to ethnicity, class and gender. The level of agency assumed within conceptions of habitus when applied to students' decision-making processes in the context of higher education is also discussed. (Contains 1 table and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)