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Becoming a Higher Education Student: Managing Expectations and Adapting to Independent Learning

Hensby, Alexander and Adewumi, Barbara (2024) Becoming a Higher Education Student: Managing Expectations and Adapting to Independent Learning. In: Hensby, Alexander and Adewumi, Barbara, eds. Race, Capital, and Equity in Higher Education: Challenging Differential Academic Attainment in UK Universities. Palgrave Studies in Race, Inequality and Social Justice in Education . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 59-84. ISBN 978-3-031-51616-0. E-ISBN 978-3-031-51617-7. (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:106228)

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This chapter traces the BAME students’ adaptation to university learning and experience of studying for a degree. Survey and interview data capture the pressures many students feel to ‘make good’ on their parents’ sacrifices and investment in education by achieving a first-class degree result. However, these expectations come into conflict with the transition from college as universities expect students to adapt as proactive independent learners while tacitly and unreflexively reproducing social norms of whiteness. Resultant feelings of racial and class unbelonging self-protection see independent learning effectively repurposed as self-reliance for BAME students. Though some are able to accumulate and deploy forms of Black cultural capital to claim racial agency within a predominantly white learning environment, others seek to build forms of bonding capital through the establishing of peer networks. These can help students collectively accrue knowledge while managing the pressures to achieve academically.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-031-51617-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Alexander Hensby
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2024 14:31 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 10:09 UTC
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