Motivation, Markets and Meaning: Perceptions of Higher Education in Students at Traditional and Local Universities in England and Cuba

Date

2023-01-23

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ISSN

1920-4175

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Publisher

Critical Education

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article reports research exploring students’ perceptions of higher education in traditional and local universities in England and Cuba. The study has explored parallels identified in the course of research-informed teaching that harvested qualitative questionnaire data from students at two English universities. One a Traditional (high-status and elite) institution, the other a Local (post-92 widening participation) university. This data was analysed in relation to pre-existing qualitative data from two Cuban universities with similar profiles. Thematic analysis extrapolates parallels in relation to students’ experiences and motivations, and considers the relative impact of political culture, systems of access and choice, and the community character of each of the institutions. Key findings suggest that the marketisation of the system in England provides choice that is dependent on (and therefore reinforces) socio-economic status. They further suggest that both a participatory political culture and local modes of study can be effective in developing perceptions of higher education that are more closely aligned with social contribution and the collective good.

Description

open access article

Keywords

Cuba, higher education, widening participation, marketisation, UK

Citation

Maisuria, A., and Smith, R. (2023) Motivation, markets and meaning: Perceptions of higher education students in England and Cuba. Critical Education, 14 (1), pp. 1-21

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice