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Hayes, Sarah – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
The 'academic orthodoxy' (Brookfield 1986) of student engagement is questioned by Zepke, who suggests that it supports 'a neoliberal ideology' (2014: 698). In reply, Trowler argues that Zepke fails to explain the mechanisms linking neoliberalism to the concepts and practices of student engagement (2015: 336). In this article, I respond to the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Labor
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Close, Jacqui – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
In the U.K., 'student engagement', and the related 'student experience', are increasingly measured, interpreted and then marketed to students as a basis on which to choose the 'best' place for their higher education. This article summarises and reflects on presentations from five panel members at a conference on their experience of university life…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, College Students, Educational Indicators
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Gallinat, Anselma – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
The prospect of the increase in tuition fees in England from 2012 pulled learning and teaching into the limelight as universities sought to safeguard student recruitment and league table positions in an envisioned new era of increased market competition. As each institution sought to market itself to potential students with a specific learning and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, College Students, Tuition
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Gagnon, Jessica – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
This article explores the limits of student engagement in higher education in the United Kingdom through the social construction of student activists within media discourses. It scrutinises the impact of dominant neoliberal discourses on the notion of student engagement, constructing certain students as legitimately engaged whilst infantilising…
Descriptors: Activism, Learner Engagement, College Students, Psychological Patterns
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Huckestein, Hailey L.; Mikulic, Steven M.; Bernstein, Jeffrey L. – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
When studying the political development of young people, level of education matters. However, instead of concentrating on the amount of education and how it affects one's political attributes (vertical effects of education), we consider the effects of characteristics of one's education, specifically one's college major, among people with similar…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Student Attitudes, College Students, Majors (Students)
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Peake, Richard – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2018
In my role as programme leader of the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology, I observed that students who entered with A-levels were more likely to achieve a 2:1 or 1st class degree than students from other routes of entry. Analysis of five cohorts showed that less than half of entrants with Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Aspiration, Transitional Programs
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Kirakosian, Katie; McLaurin, Virginia; Speck, Cary – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2017
In this article, we discuss how adding a final film project to a revised "Culture through Film" course led to deeper student learning and higher rates of student success, as well as increased student satisfaction. Ultimately, we urge social science educators to include experiential projects in their courses that connect to all learning…
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Awareness, Films, Academic Achievement
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Shumar, Wesley – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2016
This article focuses on the ways that modern American universities are engaged in the process of articulating new producing and consuming subjects. It argues that the image of the engaged "media celebrity" intellectual, as presented in the TED Talk model, has become a cultural ideal that reconciles a deeper contradiction in the academy.…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Higher Education, Technological Advancement, Educational Technology
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Thiele, Megan; Pan, Yung-Yi Dian; Molina, Devin – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2016
Karl Marx's revolutionary call, "Workers of the World Unite," resonates with many in today's society. This article describes and assesses an easily reproducible classroom activity that simulates both alienating, and perhaps more importantly, non-alienating states of production as described by Marx. This hands-on learning activity gives…
Descriptors: Alienation, Political Attitudes, College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Ross, Heidi; Chen, Yajing – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2015
Vincent Tinto's theory of academic and social integration provides a framework for investigating perceived problems associated with Chinese international students' engagement at a public research-intensive university in the U.S. Midwest ("Midwest" University). These "problems"--classroom silence, segregation and…
Descriptors: Social Integration, Asians, Foreign Students, Sociocultural Patterns
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Jaeger, Kirsten; Gram, Malene – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2015
This article investigates the views of quality in higher education held by two groups of international students: Chinese students at a Danish university and Danish students at Chinese universities. Given that there are no agreed international "quality standards" in higher education, we analysed the students' understanding of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Gu, Qing – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2015
This article discusses the nature of Chinese students' transnational experiences and its impact on their identities within and beyond national and cultural boundaries. The discussion is located in the theoretical framework of transnationalism and explores in detail the ways in which students adapt, change and develop, both in the host country of…
Descriptors: Asians, Emotional Experience, Study Abroad, Transformative Learning
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Hansen-Thomas, Holly; Sourdot, Ludovic A. – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2015
This article examines the severe educational crisis in the United States regarding the ability of institutions of higher education to recruit, retain and appropriately serve Latin@ English Language Learners (ELLs). In particular, it highlights the plight of undocumented ELLs who attend U.S. high schools and universities, but cannot work upon…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, English Language Learners, Undocumented Immigrants, High School Students
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Long, David E. – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2014
In an ethnographic study set within a biology department of a public university in the United States, incongruity between the ideals and practice of science education are investigated. Against the background of religious conservative students' complaints about evolution in the curriculum, biology faculty describe their political intents for…
Descriptors: Biology, Departments, Science Careers, Ethnography
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Bregnbaek, Susanne – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2011
This article is based on anthropological fieldwork undertaken at two elite universities in Beijing. It addresses the paradoxical situation of the many instances of suicide among Chinese elite university students in Beijing, which constitute a public secret. The pressure of education weighs heavily on the shoulders of China's only child in each…
Descriptors: Suicide, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Selective Admission
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