Protecting Social Identifies: Institutional Self-Comparison by Undergraduates

McGeough, Julienne and McIlroy, David and Palmer-Conn, Susan (2016) Protecting Social Identifies: Institutional Self-Comparison by Undergraduates. In: Unspecified. (Accepted for Publication)

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Widening participation has led to a growth in university places across the Higher Education Sector. Alongside this, there is greater public scrutiny of the quality of both degrees and institutions. Additionally, students have a greater awareness of the potential quality of the institute they are attending via league tables and the annual NSS. While research has been undertaken exploring how students make choices there has been less focus on the experience of students at “lower status” universities. Three focus groups of N = 19 Psychology students from a North-West university were conducted to discuss issues of identity. Thematic Analysis was used to explore issues of Social comparisons and Identity processes. The main themes to emerge were transitional issues, threats to identity and identity protection as students developed narratives around their perceptions of status of student and institution. These findings are discussed in relation to enabling students to develop a stronger identity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Julienne MCGEOUGH
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 09:11
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 09:11

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