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Understanding the higher education student in Europe: a comparative analysis

Brooks, R; (2018) Understanding the higher education student in Europe: a comparative analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education , 48 (4) pp. 500-517. 10.1080/03057925.2017.1318047. Green open access

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Abstract

Higher education (HE) is of considerable importance to policymakers across Europe. Indeed, it is viewed as a key mechanism for achieving a range of economic, social and political goals. Nevertheless, despite this prominence within policy, we have no clear understanding of the extent to which conceptualisations of ‘the student’ are shared across the continent. To start to redress this gap, this article explores four key aspects of contemporary higher education students’ lives, considering the extent to which they can be considered as, variously, consumers, workers, family members and political actors. On the basis of this evidence, it argues that, despite assumptions on the part of European policymakers that there are now large commonalities in the experiences of students across Europe – evident in pronouncements about Erasmus mobility and the operations of the European Higher Education Area – significant differences exist both between, and within, individual nationstates.

Type: Article
Title: Understanding the higher education student in Europe: a comparative analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1318047
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2017.1318047
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: higher education, Europe, consumerism, politics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079900
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