The (stereo)typical student: how European higher education students feel they are viewed by relevant others

Sazana Jayadeva*, Rachel Brooks, Jessica J Abrahams

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Abstract

There is a growing body of scholarship on how students see themselves, and also on how they are conceptualised by other social actors. However, what has been less explored is how students believe they are seen by others, and how this impacts them. Drawing on focus groups with students across Europe – and particularly plasticine models students made to depict how they felt they were seen by relevant others – this paper will illustrate how the four most common ways in which students felt they were constructed were as hedonistic and lazy; useless and a burden; clever, hardworking, and successful; and a resource to be exploited. It will argue that such stereotypes had significant material impact on students’ lives and how they experienced being a student. Finally, it will analyse how specific national contexts accounted for a range of variations in how students articulated these constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume43
Issue number1
Early online date5 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank all those who kindly gave up their time to be interviewed or take part in a focus group. We are also grateful to the European Research Council for awarding a Consolidator Grant to Rachel Brooks (681018_EUROSTUDENTS). Finally, we are thankful to Achala Gupta for preparing the table of student characteristics which we have published as Supplemental Information.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the H2020 European Research Council [681018_EUROSTUDENTS] through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Rachel Brooks. We would like to thank all those who kindly gave up their time to be interviewed or take part in a focus group. We are also grateful to the European Research Council for awarding a Consolidator Grant to Rachel Brooks (681018_EUROSTUDENTS). Finally, we are thankful to Achala Gupta for preparing the table of student characteristics which we have published as Supplemental Information.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • higher education
  • Students
  • Steretypes
  • europe
  • coparative

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