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dc.contributor.advisorBrosnan, Kevin-
dc.contributor.advisorHusband, Gary-
dc.contributor.authorFotheringham, Julia A-
dc.description.abstractIt is important to understand students’ experience of transition from college to university if institutional and national targets to widen participation in higher education are to be achieved. The Associate Student Project (ASP) funded by Scottish Funding Council, supports dual matriculation for Associate Students. This study explores the sociocultural experience of 23 Associate Students from four Scottish colleges who transitioned as direct entrants into the third year of engineering degree programmes at a post-92 university. Further it illuminates these students’ participation in the communities that they encountered during their first year at university. First the analysis draws from Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to offer a system-wide perspective of the ASP enacted in the colleges. This illustrates how the subjects (students) and the sociocultural context co-evolve to meet the object and outcomes of the system. Next, findings highlight the contradiction of being matriculated in both institutions yet the university was largely absent during the college years. Skills workshops position the Associate Students as in deficit and needing support despite being viewed by college lecturers as amongst the most academically able. The micro-perspective of direct entry students’ participation at university is framed by Wenger-Trayner and Wenger-Trayner’s (2015) landscapes of practice. Student participants preferred to remain at the periphery, engaging with former college peers at the expense of engaging with new social networks or academic support provided by the university. Findings further suggest that Associate Students’ transition to university is mediated as much by spatial mobility and an individual’s personal circumstances as it is by transition support. This study contributes to knowledge about the transition of students from one educational sector to another, and about their engagement as they gain access to university through flexible routes. Without these, some of them would have been unable to go to university at all.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectdirect entrantsen_GB
dc.subjectwidening participationen_GB
dc.subjectAssociate Studentsen_GB
dc.subjectcommunities of practiceen_GB
dc.subjectsocial justiceen_GB
dc.subjectlandscapes of practiceen_GB
dc.subjectperipheral participationen_GB
dc.subject.lcshCollege students Scotlanden_GB
dc.subject.lcshCollege student orientation Scotlanden_GB
dc.subject.lcshEducational sociologyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshHigher education Scotlanden_GB
dc.titleAssociate Students in transition from college to university: a sociocultural studyen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonI wish to request a delay to public access for my thesis. This is to allow me time to write articles for publication.en_GB
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