ERIC Number: EJ952902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
What's Wrong with "the Student Experience"?
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v32 n5 p657-667 2011
Speaking about "the student experience" has become common-place in higher education and the phrase has acquired the aura of a sacred utterance in UK higher education policy over the last decade. A critical discourse analysis of selected higher education policy texts reveals what "the student experience" has come to signify, and how it structures relations between students and academics, institutions and academics, and higher education institutions and government. "The student experience" homogenises students and deprives them of agency at the same time as apparently giving them "voice". This paper examines the dominance and sacralisation of the discourse of "the student experience" and questions its positioning as a means of discriminating between the value of different experiences of education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Discourse Analysis, Student Experience, Educational Experience, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Aptitude Treatment Interaction, Student Empowerment, Politics of Education, Cultural Context
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom