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Under-represented students’ university trajectories: building alternative identities and forms of capital through digital improvisations

Munoz Chereau, B; Timmis, S; (2019) Under-represented students’ university trajectories: building alternative identities and forms of capital through digital improvisations. Teaching in Higher Education 10.1080/13562517.2019.1696295. (In press).

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Abstract

This paper focuses on widening participation in relation to under-represented student negotiations of and trajectories through university by drawing attention to students’ informal digital practices for studying and social interactions associated with undergraduate student life. Drawing on a two-year UK study and Holland et al.’s [1998. Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press ] framing of agency, culture and identity making across ‘figured worlds’, we consider the importance of informal studying and socio-academic practices and the role of digital technologies in fostering agency and identity making. The significance of this study lies in revealing the particular importance of improvisation and collective agency for under-represented students participating in university. Whilst acknowledging that the technologies can also reproduce social inequalities, we conclude that, through the increasing interconnectedness of academic and social interactions, the digital improvisations offer creative opportunities for students to negotiate spatial, social and academic inequalities and lead to new/alternative identities and develop stronger social, cultural and educational capital.

Type: Article
Title: Under-represented students’ university trajectories: building alternative identities and forms of capital through digital improvisations
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2019.1696295
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2019.1696295
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: Widening participation, agency, digital cultures, social networks
UCL classification: UCL
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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 - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086181
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