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ERIC Number: EJ832669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
"I Would Have Rather Paid for a Class I Wanted to Take": Utilitarian Approaches at a Community College
Cox, Rebecca D.
Review of Higher Education, v32 n3 p353-382 Spr 2009
This article examines community-college students' goals within the dominant framing of higher education, in which education serves primarily as preparation for the new economy. Specifically, it explores students' motives for acquiring college credentials and how they apply the principles of utility and efficiency to their pursuit of those credentials. This examination of students' strategies illuminates their assumptions about "what" is worth learning and "how" one learns and, in turn, how their hopes of "learning something" can lead to disappointment. Ultimately, this analysis illustrates the consequences of students' highly instrumental goals for their participation in college and in college coursework. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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