Managing the expectations: reality mismatch through aspirations, access and achievement: engineering a first year undergraduate student's habitus

Janse van Rensburg, Barnard and Danaher, Patrick Alan and van Rensburg, Henriette (2010) Managing the expectations: reality mismatch through aspirations, access and achievement: engineering a first year undergraduate student's habitus. In: FYHE 2010: Aspiration, Access and Achievement, 27-30 Jun 2010, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

Despite some criticisms, Bourdieu’s (1977) notion of the habitus remains a powerful conceptual tool for analysing how individuals perceive and engage with different worlds. It certainly constitutes a generative explanatory framework for examining how first year undergraduate students navigate their ways through the often competing pressures of university study, paid work and home life. In particular, the habitus is helpful to students and university personnel alike in managing the common mismatch between the expectations and reality of the first year experience. This paper explores selected aspects of the first named author’s habitus as a first year mechanical engineering student in an Australian regional university. An audiotaped semi-structured interview clustered around the themes of aspirations, access and achievement is used to identify how the student engineers his habitus and also to posit implications for future practice by the student, his family, his friends and the relevant university personnel.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Dr Henriette Janse van Rensburg
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 05:03
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2014 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year undergraduate student; expectations; Bourdieu; aspirations; access; achievement; engineering
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8576

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